Get Featured: Anastasia Petukhova
Anastasia shares with us her fascinating piece about trying to capture a ballet group in action and the transition of her work whilst doing so.
Get Featured – Anastasia Petukhova
In was a relaxing morning on June 5, 2014 when I got an interesting email. A director of a contemporary ballet company reached out to ask if I’d be able to photograph their third season. I’ve been a huge fan of ballet for a really long time, but had no experience working with dancers. That same Saturday we got together to discuss the details and the vision and for the next three months I was on a mission to capture the most beautiful ballet shots I could possibly make.
I was working full time, so I had to come up with a way to combine my daily job with the rehearsals happening exactly at the same time. Lunch breaks, early morning hours at work, and skipped meals did the trick. I ended up doing ten shooting sessions with the company. I learned more and more with each one.
It’s very interesting to see the transition of my photos through this series. I started with basics: pointes, and simple traditional shots. Next shoot turned out to be all about Mate, one of the dancers in the company.
I got a series of great stretching shots on Day 2.
The more I shot, the more interesting the overall story got. I shot a lot with film lenses, Canon FD and Voigtlander mostly. It was a great experience.
From the last day of rehearsals.
In August there were three days of the final performances, two for each day, 6 in total. It was exhausting after a full long week of work. I also shot music rehearsals that same week along with the fitting session, so I was burned out. My Sony A7R was also too loud for the performance venue and I needed a plan B (Canon 6D with 70-200 F.2.8).
Everything worked out well and I finished strong with the tenth session on Sunday. I had to make a decision about the name of the series, and “Ten Days in Ballet” sounded much better and cooler. So I put myself together and with a blank stare drove to the venue. That day I got a good chunk of the best ballet shots I’ve done so far.
Thanks for sharing your work with us, Anastasia. I really like how this set developed.
Anastasia is also really passionate about film photography and has a cool store www.asildastore.com Check it out.
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