Dancing ’til Dusk in Seattle is a project I have been photographing for six years, 2011-2016. Seattle Parks and Recreations produces and Dance for Joy organizes this free of charge public summer dance event in the parks around Seattle.
I happened upon this event while photographing the streets of Seattle and it brought back memories of my mothers love of dancing the polka. It is wonderful to see the interconnection take place between the partners as opposed to seeing solo interaction with technology. I feel such joy as I watch the learning and playful behavior that takes place among friends, spouses, and strangers that come for a night of social interaction, human touch and dance.
I think Martha Graham sums up my feelings about photographing these events in her quote “dance is the hidden language of the soul”.
We do not open ourselves up to the world if we stay more tuned into our gadgets than experiencing the activity surrounding us in the streets. The human touch is for healing, loving and the affirmation of living, playing and friendship.
Theatre Of The Streets
Theatre of the Streets
I am drawn to the streets to observe human nature, social, political systems and consumerism... life.
I look for the unplanned performance that is serendipitous in creating a layered photograph with a story ready for the telling. I am the director and the audience of these captures that momentarily unify and coherence is achieved.
One day while shooting in the streets of Paris, I saw a painted eye staring up from the back of a coat ahead of me. It was beautifully painted and the coat blended with the design of the Metro station opening. I was weak in the knees with the discovery and quickly shot the scene. That night after downloading and reviewing the days captures, I was obsessed with the "watchful eye". It was refreshing to catch a watchful eye that was not a surveillance eye attached to a building! We live in an era of building cameras recording our every move on the street, documenting our daily activity. These eyes have authority over us and watch to ensure there are no problems. I wanted more than electronic surveillance eyes on my walks! I started to see other watchful eyes as I walked the streets of Paris, London, Los Angeles and Seattle. These eyes give the illusion of watching for something and being alert to our surroundings! It has now become a game to find the eyes that escape the authority of the electronic eye of today!