Every picture a story: The Dance / by Joshua Tomalin

I get asked from time to time how my performance photography fits in with photographing weddings. The best answer I can give that I am all about how light influences how we perceive something. My strongest visual influence is chiaroscuro.

When I am photographing dance I use the light to try and illustrate the meaning of the movement, maybe not by showing all of it, maybe hiding something and revealing something else, constantly trying to show the real thing - which might not be the same as brightly illuminating the thing and freezing it in time.

With me so far? Ok, maybe an example:

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I love this image of Jody and Alistair at Modern Art Oxford because it is a beautiful moment when everything comes together. The pools of light bring the kiss right into the foreground, but we can see see the friends in the background watching the happy couple. The motion blur shows the couple alive in the moment and full of energy.

Whether you are photographing weddings or performance, the power of light to tell to the story is the key to beautiful image.