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Felipe Valentini

Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory – 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


“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


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 Class

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

15 March 2019 Cary Arts Center


Deja Vu – Stage Light #57

Dancer Reynu Wood

Tech Rehearsal for Cary Ballet Company “Spring Works”

13 March 2019 Cary Arts Center


Deja Vu – There’s An App For That

 

Dress Rehearsal  “Spring Works” Mixed Repertoire by Cary Ballet Company

Cary Arts Center   15 March 2018

 


Moment Of Trust

Dancer Sydney Upchurch

Head Shot Session – Cary Ballet Conservatory – August 2020


Last Frame

Today, they put up with me fussing about with lights for two hours in head shot sessions.  This was the very last image.


Before The Ghost Light #8

Dancer Miranda Thomas

Cary Ballet ADC/IBC Theater Preview

Cary Arts Center 11 March 2020 – Galleries Here

 

 


Before The Ghost Light #7

Dancer Madison Rower

Cary Ballet ADC/IBC Theater Preview

Cary Arts Center 11 March 2020 – Galleries Here

 

 


Before The Ghost Light #6

Dancer Sophia Pistone

Cary Ballet ADC/IBC Theater Preview

Cary Arts Center 11 March 2020 – Galleries Here

 

 


Stage Light #70

Dancer Jenna Bruce

Cary Ballet ADC/IBC Theater Preview

Cary Arts Center 12 March 2020 – Galleries Here

 

 


Before The Ghost Light #5

Dancer Hannah Case

Cary Ballet ADC/IBC Theater Preview

Cary Arts Center 12 March 2020 – Galleries Here

 

 


Before The Ghost Light #4

 

Dancer Olivia Sacchetillo

Cary Ballet ADC/IBC Theater Preview

Cary Arts Center 12 March 2020 – Galleries Coming Really Soon

 

 


Before The Ghost Light #3

Dancer Mary Wyatt Johnson

Cary Ballet ADC/IBC Theater Preview

Cary Arts Center 12 March 2020 – Galleries Coming Soon

 

 


The Windows in Studio A #25

Dancer Valentina Facal

 Cary Ballet Conservatory:  22 January 2020 YAGP Preview Galleries


The Windows in Studio A #24

Dancer Felipe Valentini

YAGP Preview   Cary Ballet Conservatory  22 January 2020


The Windows in Studio A #23

Dancer Ariela Gibson

YAGP Preview   Cary Ballet Conservatory  22 January 2020


The Windows in Studio A #22

Dancer Amanda Holt

YAGP Preview   Cary Ballet Conservatory  22 January 2020


Hollywood Lights VIII

Dancer Sophia Pistone

2/2/2020 Cary Ballet Conservatory


Hollywood Lights VII

Dancer Sophia Pistone

2/2/2020 Cary Ballet Conservatory


La Esmeralda

Dancer Adelia Bourtasenkov

Galleries here  YAGP Theater Preview 17 & 18 Dec 2019


Stage Light #68

Dancer Mary Wyatt Johnson

Galleries here  YAGP Theater Preview 17 & 18 Dec 2019


It’s So Last Year – December YAGP Theater Previews

I planned to have these done 3 weeks ago –  Owen is quite right to be incredulous

Galleries here  YAGP Theater Preview 17 & 18 Dec 2019

 


The Windows in Studio A #21

Dancers Reynu Wood and Joshua O’Connor

YAGP Preview   Cary Ballet Conservatory  22 January 2020


Studio Light #5

Dancer Andrea Huynh

Studio Session, Cary Ballet Conservatory


Portrait of A Dancer V

Ms Reynu Wood

Cary Ballet Company “Nutcracker” – Cary Arts Center 21 Dec 2019


Stage Light #62 & 63

Dancer Izhak Eschebach

  Cary Ballet Company “Spring Works”

16 March 2019  Cary Arts Center

 

 

 


Stage Light #61

Dancer Izhak Eschebach

  Cary Ballet Company “Spring Works”

16 March 2019  Cary Arts Center