The term has ended and the students are leaving Cambridge for the summer. After the last Street Ballet session Joanna Vymeris and I decided to do one more photo shoot before she went on holiday. This time we were joined by Clara Novo. Clara has a long history of ballet dancing which proved to be an invaluable source of inspiration.
We started out in Corpus Christi College, looking for beautiful framings such as old archways or branches. After a while it started raining, which the weather forecast had hinted at a few days in advance. From a photographic point of view this was great, because it meant we got nice reflections of Joanna in the wet stones on the paved walkways. We played around a bit with reflections, and did a few composite shots.
At around 18:00 we moved to the entrance of the college, to meet up with Clara. The sun was peeking in through the big wooden doors, and the college building across the lawn was nicely lit. Unfortunately there was a big red sign in the way. One of the fellows of the college came by, saw what we were doing, and kindly asked the porter to temporarily remove the sign which was bolted to the ground. This made a huge difference for our shots, so a big thank you to both the fellow and the porter.
We then proceeded to the Grand Arcade, and the rooftop car park. Normally people go there to park their cars, some go there for the view, but we went there for the puddles! We spent the next hour playing with the reflections jumping around. We also repeated the composite shot with the shoes, the puddle and the invisible subject.
I’m really happy with how the photos turned out. It is fascinating how many new things I do and all the great people I get in contact with just because of photography. I learned so much about ballet and what to look for in a pose and still I get the feeling my ballet awareness is just scratching the surface.