“Ballet is like a rose. It is beautiful and you admire it, but you don’t ask what it means.”
– George Balanchine
True story. I hired a PR professional to help me “arrive” as a photographer. I had my surf series, a few other things, some Venice skatepark stuff. I paid this PR person quite a lot for me at that time. Of course, my expectations were also insanely unreal.
Out of that relationship of 6 months, I got 2 articles on websites that no longer exist. I thought to myself “what a waste of time.” But surely it makes more time and more epic work to make it with publicity in the photography world, so I was going about it in all the wrong ways. My attitude was way off.
Then all of a sudden I get an email from the director of American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles Lincoln Jones. He saw one of those 2 articles about me and wanted to get together to talk about me shooting the next ballet season for his company.
That was the beginning of my journey with ballet, so far 8 years in the making and over 50 days of capturing the world of incredible work that goes into this art. I’m incredibly grateful I get to capture the moments that nobody else sees and be able to do this year after year season after season.