Danielle Elliot

individual, ENTITY.2879
Life Dates:
b. 1986
GVSU Alumni Status:
GVSU Alum, 2008
Artist Biography:
For many people if a photograph is blurry it is deemed a poor picture and is often thrown away. But what could photography show us that the the human eye could never see in a photograph, especially when it comes to movement? This has been a question I asked myself throughout my thesis work. In traditional dance photography, the subject and dancer are frozen in time. A wonderful photograph of a dancer, often times in an astonishing pose is the result of a carefully calculated photographic process. But for me, dance is not about a singular moment in time, it is about the movement as a whole. Having danced myself for 20 years, I was curious to see what the dance could look like as a photograph. This thesis work explores the movement of the body through dance. By slowing the shutter speed of the camera, it has become possible to see that the body paints the dance across the canvas, rather than striking a pose. The goal is to show you something about dance that you never could have seen by simply looking. These photographs show you what it means to paint the dance through each step, leap, and turn.

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