Of essentialism and ballerinas



Everyone has at least one favorite spot in their city, places which in their entirety create a personal shade of the urban surrounding.

Dane Shitagi, the photographer behind Ballerina Project started developing his idea 10 years ago, endeavor that evolved into the concept of dancing photography. Professional dancers offered to pose in various locations around New York City. The project has been photographed entirely on traditional photographic film and not with modern digital cameras.

Once out in the streets, the ballerinas take on specific ballet postures, conveying the aura of an intense momentary capture. “Each photograph is a collaborative work of dance, fashion design and photography played out against the city’s landscape.”

Through this, “aristocratic” art subtly tiptoes in every day life and people can freely enjoy it.

So, an impressive work of art, isn’t it? Not necessarily starting the ‘what is art’ discussion one can think about the history, the background or context of these ballet postures. Isn’t that the magnetic and inspiring about a piece of art?
Experiments show that humans are more attracted to works of art when they can determine the whole creative process or can be reassured that an artwork is an original. In his talk on the origins of pleasure, Paul Bloom tries to explain how human nature tends towards essentialism by outlining a series of experiments, showing that the value of art is not recognized when simply thrown “bulk” into the street.

So are we all mere superficial beholders of the world around us? I would love to read your take on this!


Header Image(s) from Pixabay & Gratisography

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