When photographer Jana Cruder was commissioned to photograph the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, she jumped at the opportunity to do something different — something she felt would better express “the emotion and art of movement” that she witnessed when she saw them perform.
That something turned out to be copious amounts of colored corn starch.
The experiment was initially inspired by a performance of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet that she had asked to see before the shoot. “As an artist it is important to see what the dancers are capable of and how they move,” she told us over email. “I knew that would inspire so many ideas for me.”
And that it did. After seeing them ply their art, she says she was “moved by how these young artists expressed themselves and how sound and color shaped my emotion.” She was immediately inspired to orchestrate a photo shoot during which she would “paint with color while they painted with the motion of their bodies in beautiful unison.”
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