Get Featured: Anastasia Petukhova

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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.

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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.

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From the last day of rehearsals.

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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).

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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.

That summer experience was amazing. You can see the shots from each of the ten days on my blog. Here is the link to the portfolio page.

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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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JCH

5 comments on “Get Featured: Anastasia Petukhova”

    jenquest April 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm / Reply

    Beautiful work.

    Digby April 7, 2015 at 4:59 pm / Reply

    Very professional and interesting images on your website. Your hard work has turned a great opportunity into a great outcome.

    alex April 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm / Reply

    that last picture!

    bella April 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm / Reply

    What an amazing portfolio Anastasia – every image is striking and considered. Beautiful work.

    Rui Esteves April 10, 2015 at 5:30 am / Reply

    Fantastic shots.

    Loved the story and photos.

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