These photographs of professional and amateur dancers were taken at ballroom dancesport competitions. I am an amateur competitive ballroom dancer. I love the ladies’ dresses, rich with rhinestones and vibrant colors. Because of my interests in the thrift store and vintage clothing, I became interested in photographing the dancers’ costumes. But it wasn’t enough to show the costumes hanging on a rack, my mode for the old clothing. I discovered that these clothes only came to life when they were on moving bodies. By showing the clothing in motion, I can capture the energy of the dancers and the music that moves them, as well as the visual feast of color and sparkle. I’ve also become interested in the presence of the dancers’ bodies and faces, showing their own gestures and how they touch their dance partner.
Images are cotton rag ultrachrome prints, 15x22 inches, editions of 25.
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