As a photographer, the first impulse when confronted with the challenge of photographing dancers and capturing what they do with any kind of respect for their craft is to say no, it’s too hard. Thankfully Nir Arieli accepted the challenge wholeheartedly. His cousin studied dance at Juilliard, one of the most famous dance schools around, and managed to secure Nir access to the dancers where he photographed them using mostly natural light in the hallways and rooms of the school. The project is called Tension and you can see why. Using multiple exposures Nir has created images where the figure almost looks like it’s having an out of body experience or dreaming of how it might like to move if it was so inclined.
There is an undeniable tension in the images. In some of them it looks like the figures are struggling with the different sides of their own personality struggling to break free. They are haunting and a little unnerving in some of them. I’ve not explored movement and dance in any of my photography but these are so inspiring.