The obvious pictures to take at recital are the ones on stage - a dancer in mid pose, the perfect leap, the final bow. I'm not gonna lie. Those bore me a little. Yes, I love having a record of my own dancer in performance. But the lighting whenever it's straight on (as it is on a stage) is flat. And there's usually very little drama because you don't have that war between light and dark in the picture. For me, that's where the poetry lies. And I'm always looking for that silver thread of poetry in photos AND in stories. I'm looking for the light right up against the dark.
Here's one of my favorites from the weekend snapped with my phone and edited in Instagram (I'm @kckenlin).
My daughter is the one who grabbed me from a different spot backstage and said, "Mom, tutus," just before she went on. And sure enough, there was the poetry. Because I almost always have a 50mm lens on my camera, it wasn't wide enough to get the shot. That left my phone (which in many ways is my favorite camera anyway).
When you only shoot the obvious, you sometimes miss the story. I like little moments. The moments just before or just after. The moments no one else is seeing because no one else is looking for them (and in this case it was my daughter that found it). Unlikely stories, I call them.
So there. One of my favorite photos snapped with a phone. But when you can find the poetry, it doesn't really matter what camera you shoot with.