Toward the Light
Silver gelatin photograph from the series ‘Nijinsky and the Ecstasy of the Divine’, a collaboration with dancer Aleix Martinez in 2014 (Hamburg Germany).
For me it symbolises so many things about Nijinsky – his search for the divine, the way his dance propelled ballet into an entirely new future, his absolute, no-holds-barred commitment within the dance itself and of course as an ode to his famous leaps. His ability to ‘leap and pause’.
It is said that Nijinsky had such control over his physiology that when he leapt into the air he could control the way he landed, whether he floated dow light as a feather or plummeted down hard. His choice was always about the character he was playing and his intention. Asked once how he seemed able to hang in the air when jumping, he apparently said "Not difficult. You have just to go up and then pause a little up there."
Fun fact: our choice of venue for this photograph was one of the old Hamburg Port Buildings - on the other side of doors where you see the light streaming is a 3 story drop into the water with only a small rope between Aleix and the water!
Another thing... I really love the 'bird' on the ceiling also heading toward the light - I can't recall if I noticed that at the time but it is one of the small details I love about this photograph.
All photographs are sold in archival window mounts, including an archival backing board ready for framing. Artwork will be shipped in a custom flat box.
Size and edition details:
- 36x36cm edition of 10. presented as 60x60cm mounted, ready for framing
- 50x50cm edition of 5 is presented as 80x80cm (mounted, ready for framing)
- 91x91cm edition of 1 + 1AP is presented as 1.25m x 1.25m mounted ready for framing. This is the only work of this scale in the series. Edition 1 sold at the first exhibition of this work at MARS Gallery, however I am currently making the Artist Proof available for purchase.
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