This current virus situation is wearing on everyone's nerves, yes, including mine. Working from home was fun for a few days, but then days have turned into weeks, and I am realizing how much I like (need) routine. So what can any of us do? Well, I have come to realize how important it is to just get out of the house occasionally, feel the sun in your face, go for a walk, jog, or a bike ride. Just do something that feels normal. It's good for the soul, and good for your (my) mental state. Truth be told, I am an outdoor girl and I am not built to tolerate being cooped up all day, every day. I'll go nuts.
So, when the opportunity presents itself to be outside AND bring my camera, yeah, I'm all over that. Maintaining proper social distancing, of course.
I have a good friend who's daughter (Sara) is a competitive dancer. I've had the opportunity to photograph Sara before and I am just in awe of her talent, she is truly an amazing young dancer.
So, when my friend called me the other day and asked if I would like to meet in Myers Park (near Uptown Charlotte for those who don't know the area), and do some street shooting with Sara, I was thrilled.
Outside in the sunshine, check; camera in hand, check; photographing my favorite dancer, check; out of the house for the afternoon; double check!
I found this quote by Alan Watts that seemed to fit perfectly with our day on the street and it goes like this: "The only way to make sense of change, is to just plunge into it... move with it.... and join the dance". Indeed Alan, indeed.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
I realized that I really love shooting on the street, it was a blast and the fact that we didn't have to dodge cars, yeah, that was a bonus.
After our 'street' session, I asked
Sara how she was doing. I mean competition season was just getting started when all this started.
She told me this:
"Quarantine as a dancer has been unlike any experience I’ve had yet. I miss all my dance friends, the glam of getting ready for competitions, and definitely the energy that fills the room when we are dancing as group. We still zoom 4 times a week to continue our classes, but now more than ever I appreciate how special it is to work with all my friends in such an incredible space".
To have an afternoon like this was everything to me, especially now as we all try to manage through such bizarre circumstances. But, as I look through images from our afternoon, I can see this time was for Sara too. I mean, Let's face it, a dancer's gotta dance; it doesn't really matter where, now does it?! Stay safe my friends, and if you feel like dancing in the streets and want a few pics, well, just lemme know!
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