“The Art of Ballet” Series (2/2)

Ballet is created on beautiful lines and shapes. If what you hear and what you see mesh, there’s a very thrilling experience.” — Martin Fridmann

Another aspect of the series I described in my latest post about ballerinas consists of a set of photographs showing close-ups of ballerinas stretching, practicing, or simply relaxing during practice.

The idea of this part of the series is to focus in specific parts of the subject’s body in order to combine shapes, lines, and different tonal contrasts into aesthetically pleasing compositions. Particularly this one is about emphasizing the strength of the ballerina’s hands.

Now, the position of the hands combined with the pointe shoes in the middle ground suggests an imaginary transversal line making the eye to travel from the hands to the feet. As a result, this creates a sense of visual unity avoiding the eye to go outside the triangle delimited by the imaginary transversal line, the left line, and lower line of the frame — A triangle based composition.

I will share more of this series in my next post.

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