So I found this photo while lurking on instagram and it caught my eye so I decided to look it up.
Taken by Henry Leutwyler, he did a project photographing the New York City Ballet. Many of the photos (most found on his site http://www.henryleutwyler.com/) capture the dancers moving, smiling, on their toes but one of the images found in his book is this image of a ballet dancers feet.
It shows the contrast between harsh reality of what ballet dancers go through, but not what the audience see on stage as it’s been wrapped up and disguised behind the pretty shoes. Quite a metaphor for a lot of things in life really.
He then decided to put the images on a limited amount of skateboard decks in April last year, apparently another passion of his aside from photography. If I was a skater I’d quite like a pair of these.
There’s something about ballet that just fascinates me, yet frustrates me because of what the dancers are forced to be put through in order to be successful and how their physical appearance is important to fit a certain definition.
A picture speaks a thousand words, right?