Sunday, 18 April 2010

The Red Shoes: I don't know why I dance, but I must...

This is Chloe - the subject of my latest photography project, inspired by the film the Red Shoes, especially by the famous conversation between Vicky and Boris Lermentov.
"Why do you want to dance?"
Vicky: "Why do you want to live?"

My friend Chloe is a stunningly talented ballet dancer so I had the idea to ask if I could take some pictures of her graceful self! She very happily agreed and one month, a lengthy form to hire the venue and the ardous process of reducing 600 photos to twelve later...here are the pictures!
I story-boarded them to follow the photo narrative below.

All the clothes I styled her in were mine (except for the shoes and leotard which were hers)- the majority being vintage. There was a slight theme of transparency throughout, and I wanted fabrics that would move well. I then added some quirky details - from a curtain tie for a belt, to an underskirt as a DIY tutu. But my favourite outfit was the one pictured above. I made her a dress entirely from plastic (the only way I can think to describe it is as thick cellophane). It was so fun to create, and a real exercise in how a dress is put together. So armed with only with a stapler and a roll of said cellophane, I attempted to make a bodice - and it worked! Not only that, but it even fitted Chloe perfectly.. Cue a rather large sigh of relief. The shape was partly inspired by Vicky's performance dress in the Red Shoes - Especially the full skirt.

I took all the photos in my local village hall which took a while to arrange, but was totally worth it! This place is one of those classic small village places - dusty curtains, an old piano, beautiful wooden floorboards.

Gosh, I think this is the least I've written in a while.. Blame the start of school tomorrow and my need to get everything ready for a new term.. But don't worry, in the next post I'll be back to my lengthy writing self. Talking of which, I have a few shoots from my holiday that I cant wait to share!

 Oh, and a massive thank you to Jill for her absolutely wonderful interview post about me! I appreciate it so much, and her words were so kind.

Okay, here are the photos:

A young dancer arrives in a dusty old hall, ready to audition for a part in Swan Lake


She warms up, and waits for her turn - anxious to perform


Noticing that the hall now appears deserted, she can't resist the urge to dance


She imagines her stage debut vividly, the rapturous applause and being lost in the movement


Everything forgotten, she pirouettes and then reflects


And finally it is time for that moment she has been waiting for, dressed in dreams that rustle as the music starts...


24 comments:

Is ♥ La 5th con Bleecker st. said...

uau, i need a photo maker, do you want to be? great photos!!

FASHION SNAG said...

Wow, beautiful photos and your subject is so inspiring. x

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Tiny Quirks said...

oh my god, these are fantastic! i especially love the cellophane dress! your so talented!

Pearl Westwood said...

I absolutely love the red shoes, especially the Hans version! Great idea for a story-shoot it works so well. The black dress is absolutely stunning. Makes me wish I still had my ballet shoes. Have a great week x
P.s You might like to enter my giveaway for Chanel Particuliere nail varnish

styleodyssey said...

Beautiful girl.
Roz, you amaze me. The cellophane creation is incredible!

Zoe said...

those are such BEAUTIFUL photos! I love love love them!

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Denise said...

you're not just pretty but you are so brilliant too! wow! these photos are so good. you captured her in her actions. Love her ballet jump.

have a great Monday!


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Laura Gerencser said...

Cool photos!!

tali said...

wow...that was amazing! i honestly felt the scene.

RMb said...

these are amazing photos. :)

Gussie said...

This is absolutely stunning! SUCH a cool concept and you did it really well without being cliche. Beautiful clothes too.

annabelle said...

AMAZING.

San said...

What an amazing theme and project. Very inspiring and really beautiful pictures.

Well done.

fra_zz said...

very nice photos!

Nicole Jarecz said...

i love the outfit in the first photo - so unique!

Sue said...

Wonderful!

Cécile said...

Waouw this cellophane dress is truly amazing ! The first picture is really beautiful. You have a great sense of imagination, I applaud !
Cecile M
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Sarah said...

The cellophane is awesome! You are very talented! such beautiful photos! xx

katwinn said...

ok, she's stunning.. beautiful!

micol zanzuri said...

amazing photossssss

nancy : The Sway Report said...

Bravo, Roz! This is so creative. Your friend is so beautiful, and it looks like you were having fun! I got into the narrative of the story. Thanks for the comment you gave me, glad you liked the brogues!

Check out my blog soon for a little clip of me playing the piano. Being a musician is much like being a dancer, or even a model!

xo
nancy

Raez said...

wow, very beautiful thought and carried out! your friend is gorgeous, and I love these pictures of her! More please;)

xx raez

TC said...

I love the cellophane dress!

polka dot said...

How absolutely fantastic!!! I've got to show my husband this story. It is just fabulous. I love that you created the dress out of what we'd call in the States 'Saran Wrap' (I think that's the brand name). Chloe is so lovely, and that's amazing that you caught her in motion like that.

What a lovely 'gift' to your friend. She's a wonderful model, and dancer.

I still have the pair of red shoes that I used to carry around, photograph, draw, write about.. had a whole little film idea.. and I've still yet to see the original film!