Archive for November, 2011

Grounded

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Dancer Wendy arches back on just the tops of her feet.

What goes up, must start down.

Great freedom is possible when your feet are firmly planted on the floor. Perhaps this sounds funny coming from me, the photographer who takes so many mid-air images. Yet, being grounded is the unseen crucial ingredient of compelling jumpology. To defy gravity is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to jump photography, it’s actually taking advantage of gravity that allows us to soar. Many thanks to Billy Siegenfeld and the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project for teaching me this many years ago.

“It is the ground not the air that the human body instinctively moves toward when it makes rhythmic accents.” –Billy Siegenfeld, Jump Rhythm® Technique

 

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