Ecstatic Dancers Portfolio

March 2, 2017


The first project I ever started was photographs of people dancing at street fairs and festivals.  I didn't start it on purpose -- it simply became obvious that I had enough negatives that I ought to collect them into a more-or-less cohesive body of work.


The combination of warm sunshine, an electric crowd, and potently rhythmic music puts dancers into "the zone" and they touch the ground only because gravity requires it of them.


I've printed Ecstatic Dancers negatives on and off and even had a couple of shows of them.  Now I'm going back to them and reprinting them in a uniform format for a new portfolio of 30 (more or less) prints.


I'll be posting a selection from this new portfolio on my website in the next month or so.


This one is from Seattle's Bumbershoot festival in 1999.

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