I discoverd an old disc with these images from one of my first websites I created as a student at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. All the black and white images were shot on film and printed in the darkroom. The level of excitement to see what you captured on a strip of negatives is something that is practically gone forever or, perhaps I just need to dust off my enlarger and hang out in the dark!
Jackie was also a photojournalism student, and I roped her and her boyfriend, Steve, to a shoot on a Sunday morning. We had so much fun finding places to shoot. Oooh, I do remember that stinky toilet. I at least was outside the cubicle!
Then there was Graunt a fellow Journalism student keen to do some shots in the theatre, if I remember correctly I used one red head (tungsten) light, bare bulb. These lights always became very hot.
Since my third year I exhibited every year during the Grahamstown festival. I focused on producing a nude exhibition each year. Bodily Impressions was the first, shot in the forest. The second was shot in water, I loved the distortions this work was called The Limnetic Zone and I exhibited with Tanya Poole’s underwater paintings. Skin & Scales featured, Monty the python photographed at the brick works. Body Dance was photographed on stage as the dancer moved and danced.
Traveling has always inspired me to photograph the architecture in different ways. This is a collection of images shot in London and Koln.
Ever since I photographed a dance class, I was hooked… I loved the movement, the angles, the light, the physical grace of the dancers and the absolute challenge to capture the motion. I was in awe of what they could do, slide across the stage – always bruised but such magnificence. Shooting was a challenge with film you ‘knew’ if you had the shot – to be confirmed later in the darkroom, or not.
Gary Gordon was the mastermind behind First Physical Dance Theatre, the works he produced were always spectacular and pure perfection.