There’s a quality in music that makes it understandable to everyone.
Music can be classified and organized by a theoretical notation system,
but it also conceives a musical dimension that is much more difficult to
capture in words or rhythmic figures. Music has profound impact in
human physiological and psychological roots. With this series of
photographs I am taking advantage of the camera vision to discover this
musical quality and how the human is able to interpret it physically.
I used a talented person that despite her not having almost any formal
dance learning experience, had a very strong connection with her body.
People dance to feel part of the music, although normally done as a
social interaction, this personal performance done by Leo Ware became an
interaction with herself. An interaction visualized as a darkening of
all of the other senses, leaving only its abstract visual nature for us
to interpret. The dancer provided body movements that had no limitations
except for our human conditions, but was a direct connection to the
nature of sound. No method, system or dancing genre molded this
As sounds are emitted in an impalpable way, received by the ear, sent to
the brain and translated into movement, I needed a way to directly
attend the product of this translation. The solution consisted with the
use of glow sticks attached to her body, and triggering long exposures
with a digital SLR as the movements evolved into the picture plane. This
lighting technique achieved my desire of abstracting the quality of
music that is being translated into body movement. It’s about the
existing human becoming part of the music while music simultaneously
starts existing in ourselves.