Balinese Dancer: A Contemporary Portraits in 2020
First, I would like to introduce you to an amazing Balinese dancer from Ubud — Ayu Anantha.
She was born and raised in the middle of the art and culture hub in Ubud. Her amazing talent was coming from both of her parents. No wonder that Ayu becomes one of the well-known contemporary dancers.
She studied dance major at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Denpasar, Bali. Her dance genre is contemporary dance. But still adhering to the traditional Balinese dance as the basic.
Moreover, most of her inspiration comes from nature. Most of them are about how nature reacts to each other and how all the creatures move forward to survive. Then you will notice all of those components affect her dance choreography, which you can find below.
Amazing, Fresh, and Airy Portraits
A Collaboration Work
In particular, this is a collaboration work between Ayu and us as a dancer. This project aims 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 shot the Bali contemporary dancer portrait since the beginning of my photography career.
We have the same problem in common, though. So do the rest of the people in the world. We know very well of the corona pandemic. Bali’s wedding industry is stuck at the moment because no one could travel to Bali from a foreign country.
Then this great idea comes to us, having a great collaboration. Surely our goal on these hardest times is to help each other. As we are both artists, We should make a difference. Rather than staying at home and doing nothing, it’s better to rise and keep doing great work, hoping that we are more than ready to go when everything is going right once more.
Before we go further, I’d like to ask you a question. Have you watched a dancer from a very close range? Can you feel the 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 with a non-artist-related person. They might be doctors, lawyers, and others, which are not really getting used to being posed. We have to direct them to meet our style and mood.
It’s such a different kind of experience when We are shooting a dancer or artist like Ayu. We don’t need much effort like we usually did. We enjoy how she moves then captures every single best movement she had.
Furthermore, the emerging soul of how Ayu determines his dance pose makes us really love the photo session. 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 was just a kind of great experience. Our souls are emerging as well.
Ayu defines 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 improvement, to be more modern and freestyle. As you can see on some particular dance pose, her hands moving, and how she expresses her soul.
It’s so interesting how she keep inspired by the traditional art and culture; then, she moves forward to improve it.
Jump Into the Water and Little About the Editing
Before we end the session, Ayu asks me if we could 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 seawater.
Starting with a simple pose, then she finally got the feeling in the water. I follow her into the water as well. The seawater almost reached my knees. But I forgot that and kept enjoy in the shooting.
I try to get close to her, using my Zeiss Sonnar 55mm lens to get a more intimate look. Then later, I push the exposure a bit to get a kind of soft film look. I use Nobel Preset here, and it looks just amazing in my photographs.
Unfortunately, the sun was hiding in the cloud that morning. It reduces the ability to create a more filmy look and makes the images look less contrast.
But overall, I’m so happy with it.
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Perhaps we can’t get many photos or video work during these pandemics. But the most important thing that we can do is support each other for a fellow artist, aiming to be ready to fight again for a busy wedding and engagement schedule at the end of the pandemic.
We hope that it will inspire you to move on and find some inspiration in our Balinese dancer portraits post.
We have to be strong and keep creating great pieces of work of art.