"This photo is part of a personal project called The Ballet Project. This one was shot in the woods of Montgomery, NY (about 70 miles north of NYC).
“The Ballet Project” started as an experiment. I had an idea for ballet photos in the woods. I ended up liking what I came away with so much I decided to continue to shoot in other locations around the Hudson Valley region of NY. Then, at some point, I realized I had something unique and might have wider appeal. So I created “The Ballet Project,”an ongoing photo series with my children as the models. My daughters study ballet and I wanted to create images that depicted them in an almost storybook scene so the rest of the world could see the vision I have of them.
My goal was to create a fantasy world but retain the identity of the location. I wanted it to be obvious that these were shot locally. I really wanted to show the beauty of ballet along with the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. I hope the viewer walks away with a sense of wonder. I hope they recognize the scene but see it in an entirely new way. The way I use lighting I am able to make the scene more saturated and intense, almost surreal, but still retain a sense of reality on the ballerinas. I guess you could say I strive to show the ballerinas in an idealized version of a local setting.
This photo was shot with the sun as the back light and one Nikon SB25 out of frame left on the subject at full power. I used a Nikon D700 with a Tokina 12-24 F4."- Erik Christian
Camera Nikon D700
Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Focal Length 24 mm
ISO Speed 100
Lens Info 12-24mm f/4