I’ve begun an artistic collaboration with a friend who teaches tai chi. She may eventually use some photos to advertise her training, but our real purpose at the moment is to explore the possibilities and see where we can go to make interesting and beautiful images.
We had our first session in my studio where she practiced sword form and later brought out her bright red ribbon, which you’ll see in my next post.
I normally don’t work in black-and-white, but with the dark background, moody lighting, black wardrobe, and metallic sword, any hints of color detracted from the strength of the images. I was much happier with the photos after I made the black-and-white conversion.
In exchange for the photo shoots, my friend will teach me tai chi. I expect this will inform the photography, and I’ll get better at depicting the poses and movements and make my art from an insider’s perspective of understanding.
Stay tuned for more posts on this project as it continues.
Alan Barnett, NYC portrait photography