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Cary Ballet Conservatory

2021 Showcase Studio Photographs

Yep, they’re on line, T-Ball to Triple A

Galleries here: 2021 Showcase Studio Photographs

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Tough Customer

Bookings since late May (hallelujah!) have delayed the edit of these Studio Recital photographs until today.

Aiming to finish and post by late Saturday. This was the first of a long and unusual day. Which I loved.

I’m anxious to see them too and sure I better deliver – or else!

Pre-Ballet 4-6 Year Old

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Danseur

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Felipe Valentini

Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory – 5 June 2021


Why I Know Everything Will Be Okay

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Pre-Ballet 4-6 Year Old

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Just One More

When a Dancer asks, my answer is always, yes!

 

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Dancer Isabelle Burke

Cary Ballet Conservatory – 5 June 2021


Radial

Cooper Everson at Cary Ballet Conservatory 2 April 2021


Jump

Maiden voyage with converted theater light

Cooper Everson at Cary Ballet Conservatory 2 April 2021

“Chasing The Bird”

Refreshing my Portfolio site, I let go and reached back in the memory bank for moments when you just know. My hunch is, it happens to dancers and musicians too. It’s practice and planning and work and sometimes it all becomes something more. Alchemy.

I’ve put maybe 700 or 800 K shutter actuation’s on 11 DSLR’s since 2007. My Lighting Class students make jokes about all the light gear I haul into class. The Sales Manager at Mole Richardson in Hollywood emails engineering drawings of obsolete accessories. There are replacement reflectors heading my way for the ones I used to modify theater ellipsoids. Also in transit is a 10″ Top Hat from eBay and some Gobos for the Mole Focal Spot. And there’s a triple riser wheeled Junior in the upstairs hall next to my old tripod with a new quick release assembly that came via Royal Mail (wore out the casting). “The Bird”, Charley Parker understood it: “You’ve got to learn your instrument.”

And I took some more of Bird’s advice: “Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.”

My work has changed in the 3 years since I made this but it was five years after my Epiphany. This is a fresh edit from the Digital Negative from the part of the session that was all improv, real jazz. Portraits are always a collaboration and when there is mutual trust, man, you can wail.

WIP 097 Vessillo

Studio Session with Ms Olivia Vessillo

Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory – 26 Dec 2017


Stage Light #74

Cary Ballet Company Tech Rehearsal for “Don Quixote”

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”


The Indulgence of a Muse – Redux

WIP 3 2021

In 1979, MoMA in NYC presented “Ansel Adams and the West” [MoMA Exh. #1273, September 5–October 28, 1979]

It was a retrospective that included versions of prints he made from the same negative, over 20 years.

Like Eric Clapton sang, trying to “get the music right”

This only took me 3 years

Her patience and trust allowed the slower pace and uncertain outcome of film

I’ve been very lucky – when I needed a Muse, the Muse was there

Studio Session with Mikayla McKean – Cary Ballet Conservatory, 20 May 2018


Stage Light # 73

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”

Dancer Kali Bartasavich


Walk On By

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”


Fit

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”


Cary Ballet Company “2021 Spring Works”

Online Galleries Here: Cary Ballet Company 2021 “Spring Works”


Photographer Pandemic Therapy #2

3D Jazz Project Promo “Jazz Around The World”

Cary Ballet Conservatory 24 Feb 2019

Earth Photo by NASA


Stage Light #72

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal for “Spring Works”

Fletcher Theater, Raleigh 16 April 2021


Stage Light #71

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal for “Spring Works”

Fletcher Theater, Raleigh 16 April 2021


Don Quixote

Cary Ballet Company Rehearsal for “Don Quixote”

Fletcher Theater, Raleigh 16 April 2021


The Windows in Studio A #26

Studio Rehearsal for Cary Ballet Company “Spring Works”

Cary Ballet Conservatory 10 April 2021


Croc Rock Recalcitrant

Studio Showcase for Youngest Dancers – Cary Ballet Conservatory 18 May 2019

 Rehearsal & Performance Galleries


Comfort

Sometimes, when you make a photograph, it’s captured in your camera and your heart.

And later, you go back and see it anew. And edit your memory.

Before I mashed the button, I asked Mom’s permission with my facial expression. She nodded assent.

Studio Showcase for Youngest Dancers – Cary Ballet Conservatory 18 May 2019

 Rehearsal & Performance Galleries


American Girls

3D Project Jazz Company Promo – Photographed 1 Oct 2017


Photographer Pandemic Therapy

Cary Ballet Company 2018 “Spring Works” Cary Arts Center

Space & Tech Rehearsal 13 March

Matinee Performance – 17 March


Stage Class

Between Matinee and Evening Performances – Cary Ballet Company “2019 Spring Works”

15 March 2019 Cary Arts Center


Before Amazon, FedEx, UPS and USPS!

Cary Ballet Company “Nutcracker” Rehearsal – Cary Arts Center 18 Dec 2019


Hollywood Lights IX

 Difficult to make portraits right now.

Easy to take a second look at the Digital Negatives of previous sessions

Dancer Keira Kapner – 6/14/2019 Cary Ballet Conservatory


2020 Cary Ballet Conservatory Calendar – December

Dancer Jasmine Murley


2020 Cary Ballet Conservatory Calendar – November

Dancer Winell Henriquez


Past Perfect IV

Stage Warmup 3D Jazz Project “The Love Suite”

Cary Arts Center -15 Nov 2019


2020 Cary Ballet Conservatory Calendar – October

Dancer Kali Bartasavich