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Balinese Dancer: A Contemporary Portraits in 2020

First of all, I would like to introduce you an amazing Balinese dancer from Ubud — Ayu Anantha.

She was born and rise in the middle of art and culture hub in Ubud. Her amazing talent was coming from both of her parents. No wonder that Ayu become one of the well-known contemporary dancer.

She was study dance major at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Denpasar, Bali. Her dance genre is contemporary dance. But still adhering the traditional Balinese dance as the basic.

Moreover, most of her inspiration comes from nature. Most of them are about how nature react to each other, how all the creatures move forward to keep survive. Then you will notice all of those components affect her dance choreography, which you can find below.

So, let’s jump to the amazing, fresh, and airy portraits.

A Collaboration Work

In particular, this is a collaboration work between us and Ayu as a dancer. This project aim to build a solid dance portfolio for Ayu herself. And surely, it becomes our proud to have a great portrait portfolio as well. It was the first time I shoot the bali contemporary dancer portrait since very the beginning in my photography career.

We have the same problem in common though. So do the rest of people in the world. We know it very well of the corona pandemic. Bali wedding industry are stuck at the moment, because no one could travel to Bali from foreign country.

Then this great idea come to us, having a great collaboration. Surely our goal on these hardest time is to help each others. As we both an artist, We should make a difference. Rather to just stay at home and doing nothing, it’s better to rise up and keep making a great work. In a hope that when all the things going right once more, we are more than ready to go.

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Emerging Soul

Before we go further, I’d like to ask you a question. Have you watch a dancer from a very close range? Can you feel those energy and soul that emerge so beautifully? If so, then so do I.

Most of the time I only have a wedding or engagement photo session only with a non artist related person. The might be a doctor, a lawyer and the others, which are not really get used to be posed. We have to direct them to meet our style and mood.

It’s such a different kind of experience when We shooting a dancer or artist like Ayu. We don’t need much effort like we usually did. We just enjoy how she move then capture every single best movement she had.

Furthermore, what makes us really love the photo session is the emerging soul of how Ayu determine his dance pose. We can feel her strong energy spread up and contagious. It makes us feel deeper as well, just like the way she did it.

It just kind of great experience. Our soul are emerge as well.

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Contemporary Dance

Ayu define her genre as “Contemporary Balinese Dance”

So what does it means?

Ayu said that the standard of the dance was inseparable from traditional Balinese dances. But with much of improvement, to be more modern and free style. As you can see on some particular of her dance pose, her hands movement, and the way she express her soul.

It’s so interesting how she keep inspired by the traditional art and culture, then she move forward to improve it.

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Jump Into the Water and Little About the Editing

Before we end the session, Ayu ask me if we were able to get some photos in the water. Sure I said yes, as it’s going to be more fun. It’s the first time to see a Balinese dancer performing in the sea water.

Starting with a simple pose, then she finally got the feeling in the water. I follow her into the water as well. The sea water almost reached my knees. But I forgot that and keep enjoy in shooting.

I try to get close to her, using my Zeiss Sonnar 55mm lens to get more intimate look. Then later I push the exposure a bit to get kind of soft film look. I use Nobel Preset here, and it’s look just amazing on my photographs.

Unfortunately the sun was hiding in the cloud that morning. It reduce the ability to create more filmy look and make the images look less contrast.

But overall I’m so happy with it.

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Balinese dancer contemporary portrait in the middle of the beach
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Conclusion

Perhaps we can’t get much of photo or video work during these pandemic. But most important things that we can do is supporting each other for fellow artist. With the aim that at the end of the pandemic, we will be ready to fight again for a busy wedding and engagement schedule.

We hope that it will inspire you to move on, and find some inspiration on our Balinese dancer portraits post.

We have to be strong and keep creating a great pieces work of art.

— cheers

wynprmn.

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