Gilded Serpent presents...

Harnessing the Light Within

Outdoor Photography

Ludmilla

by Pixie Vision
posted January 20, 2014

Capturing the essence of a dancer in nature is a different experience than a studio session. In the studio, it’s a more intimate experience, confined by the backdrop. It’s a distinct trust, born of music and confidence.

Outdoors, the dancer can more easily release uncertainty by conjuring the feeling of limitlessness, pulling energy from the sky, swirling visualization, curiosity. She can come up and out of herself and become part of her surroundings, harnessing sunlight, a delicious breeze.

Behind the scenes

I’ve been blessed to travel for the past ten years, photographing over 11,000 belly dancers from all over the world. Some days I find myself at dawn in a Nevada desert willing the sun to crest over red rocks in a way I dreamt about the night before. Some days I am driving along the backroads of my neighborhood living in wonder & possibilities. It’s an intuitive process, a renegade experience.

I make impulsive decisions based on light and energy. It’s nearly impossible to predict exactly how the light will fall for outdoor shoots. Likewise how a dancer will feel over the course of a shoot. My job as a photographer is to instigate moments, to sift through fear and draw out the pearls of who is in front of me, who they truly are, or strive to be. I am sparked by light, both in nature and within people… and when these elements come together, art happens.

This collection of photos is the result of this merging of light and energy, faith and movement…

Amanda
Amanda

 

Ali
Ali Luminescent

 

ELena
Elena

 


Anastassiya Le Fay

 

Aslahan
Aslahan

 

Aradia
Aradia Julia Sunseri 

 

ennifer Bak
Jennifer Bak

 

Brenna
Brenna

 

JOhanna
Johanna Xenobia

 

 Cecile
Cécile Carr of OmBellyCo

 

Relativity
Relativity BellyDance

 

Darshan
Darshan

 

Ludmilla

Ludmila
(also at top of page)

 

Donna
Donna

 

Jennifer
Jennifer of Black Thorn

 

Elise
 Elise Morris, producer of JamBallah NW 

 

Malia
Malia of Pied Peacock Belly Dance

 

Marilyn
Marilyn

 

OmBellyCo
OmBellyCo

 

Sarah
Sarah

 

Rahel
Rahel

 

Shaell
Shaell

 

Silkmoon
SilkMoon 

 

Stephanie
Stephanie of Miami

 

Stephanie
Stephanie 

 

Victoria
Victoria Raqs Sharqi 

 

Valdalna
Vadalna Tribal Dance Company

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