Sunday, July 11, 2010

A morning in the East Village


Dane – Alex and I created this image early one morning in the St. Marks and Astor Place area in the East Village. Even at 6 am there was still a number of people in the area that morning. I remember a group of people watching us while we took this image in particular before they entered the uptown 6 Train station.


Alex - This was the summer I rediscovered my obsession with one of my favorite musicians, PJ Harvey. I admired how her music gathered juxtapositions of both aggressive and soft characteristics that inexplicably fused into harmony. That essentially was the way I interpreted the Ballerina Project images, resulting in the two pairing seamlessly in my head. Although it was an early shoot on a Sunday (I also only had two hours of sleep the night before due to excitement and anticipation), my mind managed to create an invisible set of earphones that replayed PJ Harvey's "Black Hearted Love" on full blast, giving me boosts of adrenaline throughout the morning. I also just returned from several outdoor rock climbing trips with my fiancé and his best friend, giving me an uncontrolled desire to climb everything! I knew the instant I saw that pedestrian traffic light that I had to freely hang from it some way or another in order to make me fully express the way I was feeling that morning: refreshed, content, and inspired by the surroundings. In addition to that freedom, this was probably one of my favorite shots also because it gave me an excuse to climb random inanimate street objects in NYC without getting in trouble!

28 comments:

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  2. So delighted you have started a blog! Just posted an entry on the Ballerina Project on my blog :) Love this and your fb page!

    www.whittheheck.blogspot.com

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  3. Just discovered your gorgeous blog and look forward to following. I'm an ex-ballerina turned writer and have got a verse novel about ballet coming out next year. I try to choreograph words, and simply love the way you combine landscape and theme with ballerina in your photographs.

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  4. Love this blog! Thanks for bringing this into my world!!!!

    http://allysonreaves.blogspot.com/

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  5. I'm so excited to have discovered this blog!!
    So far I'm blown away by the images. Breathtaking.

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  6. I just discovered your blog and loved it! I am a Brazilian ex-ballerina that turned into a lawyer (!) and it's been 4 months that I began to dance again. You should expand your project to other countries, especially Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, where I live and the landscape is amazing and we have also very talented and beautiful dancers! Congratulations!

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  7. Wonderful ! Would you like some of your images on ballet news ? Just get in touch if you do ! www.balletnews.co.uk

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  8. Alex, God bless you!.
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:mlqbhUHlpDoJ:www.sfantul-alexandru.ro/+sfantul+alexandru&cd=9&hl=ro&ct=clnk&gl=ro

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  9. Olá!

    I'm Brazilian, from Rio de Janeiro, and I love to dance! I am a teacher and I teach ballet to children (jazz and tap).

    Loved this blog!
    The pictures are very beautiful! Congratulations! :o)

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  10. I just found your blog through a facebook posting from my friend in Brazil... WOW your images are STUNNING. I absolutely LOVE this project!! It is so inspiring to me. I used to live in NYC, I'm a former ballerina, and now I'm a wedding photographer.
    Just want to say... Bravo!
    -Stephanie Brauer

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  11. Love all these photos. I'm a dance lover AND NYC lover which is why I'm a huge fan. :)

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  12. Have seen this on lots of blogs and I think it's a lovely idea :)

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  13. This is wonderful!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  14. All of your photographic images in "Ballerina Project" are so very beautiful and project (verb) the vitality, grace, independence, beauty, agility, acrobaticism, dexterity, strength, even, and an energy that is so very inspirational and motivational. I wish you all lots of success and happiness with your art.

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  15. Amazing!

    http://my-name-is-audrey.blogspot.com/
    I wanna invite you to my blog. You will find there a lot of inspirations and I would be nice if you wanna follow me
    xoxo

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  16. I guess you know, "Dance Hall At Louse Point", by Pj Harvey John Parish. Greetings.

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  17. Love this post + your blog. I'm a new follower, hope you're gonna follow back. All the best, talk soon
    www.rivierabrides.com

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  18. this is amazing!!! its a beautiful pc!!! well one to subject and the photographer!!!

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  19. Hi, my name is Danielle and I´m from Brasil...
    I´m a ballet dancer but i´m not danding about 5 years...
    So, yesterday I did a pots about the ballet "Coppélia", Take a look:

    http://myvanitydiary.blogspot.com/2011/04/coppelia-especial-tony-jr.html

    So, Do you take the pics from another peoples? Or Are they your friends?

    I´m a ballet lover, and I Liked very much to find your blog!
    Congratulations! I hope you like my humble post!!!
    Kisses from Brasil
    Dani.

    (Sorry my terrible English)

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  20. awsome blog! :) keep up the great work!
    would love your support for mine as well
    xoxo www.misskatatny.blogspot.com

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  21. Love this blog! I´m a ballet lover,
    Congratulations!
    Kisses
    Helena

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  22. I really like your blog, I added it to my bookmarks before I even started blogging ;D You write really nice, and you always have amazing posts and photos. If you have any spare time, I'd really like to know your opinion about my blog, especially since you have so great blog yourself, please stop by: http://thepileofstyle.blogspot.com/

    Love, Love, Love :D

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  23. Love reading your blog. Ballet dancing is very gracious to watch. ballroom dance for kids

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  24. Hi, i was a baillarina too. Now i am a mum and some times i dance at the school dance. Love ballet. Love your blog
    Kisses from spain

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