Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dancers Among Us

Jordan Matter is a photographer who puts dancers in everyday situations and captures the moment. He used the pictures to create a book called Dancer's Among Us; A Celebration of Joy in Everyday Life. He divided the photos into chapters each with different single idea behind it. The chapters are called; Dreaming, Loving, Playing, Exploring, Grieving, Working, and Living. Each of the pictures in the chapters fit the idea. This is what Jordan Matter says inspired him to create this book; " The inspiration for this book came to me one afternoon as I watched my son, Hudson, playing with his toy bus. As I played with my son, I thought about creating photographs that would show the world as if through his eyes. The people in the images would be alive and in the moment, celebrating all aspects and emotions of everyday life. I attended an extraordinary dance performance, and I knew I had found my collaborators. Dancers are storytellers. They’re trained to capture passion with their bodies. The often create a fantasy world or offer us a deeper look into familiar settings. They bring to life what we feel but what most of us, lacking their artistry and athleticism, are unable to express physically. I spent three years shooting dancers around the country, and I was humbled by their enthusiasm for their craft. I would tweet and Facebook when I would arrive in a city, and dancers would volunteer their time to pose for me, often traveling several hours to participate. "
-Jordan Matter

Reviews of the book;

"Bodies of breathtaking grace and agility transform ordinary spaces, seemingly defying gravity as they pliƩ and pirouette through busy streets, a record shop, along a heliport tarmac, and under the Santa Monica boardwalk."
—O, The Oprah Magazine

“This book is something you should pick up every time you have forgotten that there is wit and beauty in the world—literally all around us.”
—Alan Cumming

This youtube video shows how Jordan Matter takes his photographs.

These pictures below are some of the pictures in Jordan Matter's book; Dancer's Among Us; A Celebration of Joy in Everyday Life. They are pictures of dancers in everyday life.

~Colleen McHugh