The Swans were Dreampt up out of an urge to create something for my grandmother. I wanted to create something that she would appreciate that was representative of my work. My Grandmother was a dancer so i knew i wanted to incorporate dance somewhere.
I’d been infatuated with the work of Tim Walker. They were truly weird and wonderful and felt as if they had been pulled from a child’s imagination. One image caught my eye of a woman in a wheat field surrounded by paper cut out geese, i loved i tand though i could do the same sort of thing in a dance studio with swans.
We got Sam Gilovitz on board who is a client of mine who studied dance at NZ school of dance to be our model/dancer.
Another client of mine Zoe Ella had just started up a corroboratory studio space called The Sunday Night Club, a space in town were she in visioned artists could do there work while be surrounded by other artist of different mediums and styles. The studio was beyond perfect, it had beautiful hardwood floors, high studs and monumental windows.
After discussion with Connor and Jade about the idea and how we were going to execute it. Connor suggested instead of cut out swans we could create origami ones, it was a brilliant idea and i set out on YouTube to master the perfect origami swan. We purchased a large roll of paper ans began making the at large scale making 1m x 1m versions but they werent big enough so next was 2m x 2m which was great but just for fun i decided to make a 3m x 3m which was challenging to say the least but after all the practice i had it went smoothly enough.
On the day we set up the swans holding them upright with bamboo stakes. My camera was setup on a tripod and i arranged the swans to fit the frame. We positioned Sam in the swans and left him to dance. Before hand i hand shown him a few images of dancers i had seen that i liked to give him an idea of what i was looking for. He was fantastic but it took me a while to understand when to take the picture. Not being a dancer myself i struggled to anticipate the apex of each of Sams movements so i just sat and watched for awhile to gain a greater understanding. After a few minutes I was back in the game getting the shots.
We are all incredibly proud of the out come of the shoot, we produced images and video that exceeded our expectation and had a ball doing it!