Improvised Moves (2015)

“Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us.” ~ Psalm 2:3

Handel’s Messiah engulfs the church, and in a dark corner at the back, a single light shines on the dancer who, enthralled by the music, dances, oblivious to my presence. I try to keep it that way. I don’t want to break the spell. The question persistent in my mind, as I try to absorb the sensations around me, is “how do I bring this all together in an image?” I want to convey the sense of joy, peace – the power of the music and fluidity of the dancer. We are both improvising. There isn’t much that can be done in terms of planning such a shoot, so I wanted to also convey the improvised nature of the exercise in the images I was taking. The camera was constantly stuck to my eye… and I followed. Instinctively I squeezed the shutter, capturing long exposures of the dancer’s movements, while the music resounded constantly in my head. I let myself go, not even checking to see what was coming through except during the occasional break in music and dance. I was truly improvising, and I needed to set up the camera to reflect that improvisation. The body of work resulting from our brief but intense session are collected in this exhibition. As with most of my work, they are the product of multiple performances – an amalgamation of music, dance and photography. Twelve images depicting the freedom that unbound artistic expression can produce.