Holiday lights

Oliver Endahl

This past Sunday we attended the Zoo Lights show in Phoenix  


I always enjoy going to Zoo botanical gardens that are decked out with holiday lights. On top of it being a good time to hang out with the people I'm with, it's inspiring to see all the different, creative ways the lights are being used. 



I'm a huge believer that you can be inspired anywhere, & by anything. Sometimes I meet people & they feel they can only be fans of things that are regarded as "very high works of art". Just because something has critical acclaim, doesn't make it the only thing you should enrich your life with. I love a good art house movie, but I also love a good action movie. I think it's very limiting to impose restrictions of what you can & can't enjoy. "Art" isn't just paintings that hang in galleries for wealthy people to admire, art is anything & everything.

People don't often associate it, but all movies, all music, all books & all photographs are art. Even the software on your iPhone is art. (Not to mention, the iPhone itself) 

There were several times I would be walking through the zoo lights show that is decked out with various LED monkeys, tigers & penguins, & have a thought like, "The way those lights are laid out below that dancing penguin looks really nice. I wonder if I could try a lighting set up like that" 

So if in the future you see a photo of an incredibly graceful, ethereal looking ballerina, standing on white lights laid out in a fashion that resembles snow, you'll know it was inspired by a group of happy looking electronic penguins from the Zoo Lights Show in Phoenix.



Long Exposures

Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone,

Today I want to share some photos from a recent shoot I did using a long exposure concept.

A long exposure is generally when you leave the shutter open on the camera for several seconds, which lets light be captured for an extended period of time, & can create a transparent looking image.

The dancers featured in this series are Andie Bartol & Affinity Morgan Quinn. 

Andie Bartol.

Andie Bartol.

Morgan Quinn.

Andie Bartol.

I've experimented with the long exposure concept before, but never with just the feet in pointe shoes, on a backdrop like this. 

To achieve this, I had a flash positioned to the dancer's left, which went off at the start of the photo process. The dancer would then move for 8 seconds as we "painted" the feet with a laser light I had placed to the dancer's right.

I wasn't sure how this concept would turn out, but I think the results are interesting & I hope you do too. I'll definitely be  experimenting more with this approach in the future. 


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