Monday 11 December 2017

Russian dancer's honest photography shows the impact ballet has on the body

Darian has been documenting the brutal side of ballet on her Instagram account @darianvolkova
Darian has been documenting the brutal side of ballet on her Instagram account @darianvolkova
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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An award-winning dancer has been commended internationally for her honest photography, which shows the impact ballet has on the bodies of those who dance professionally.

Russian ballet dancer Darian Volkova has amassed more than 160,000 followers on her Instagram account on which she shares images of her life backstage.

Hello again! Hard pic for pay attention only, I want to afford You a great opportunity to enjoy true art of ballet and to become a part of incredible world of collecting photo masterpieces. It's going to be a LE-GEN-DARY new on-line form #tutuGather. I have plenty of my favorite different size photos which are not belong to anybody. So there is a possibility to release any number. As an experiment I've decided to combine minimum quantity and the highest value with the low price. This is what I'm going to do: Number of prints will be equal to the number of buyers plus one copy left for author. Price is going to be reduced with each new buyer. Here an example: Lot - Limited edition Print Print size 36x54 cm on 42x60 cm paper Starting price - 155 USD Down-tick - 7 USD Max. edition print number 12 items • The photo would be released in duplicate without reducing the price if only one person wanted to buy it. • Print number would be consist of three copies (the third one I reserve for myself) and the price for each copy would be 155 USD if two people wanted to buy the photo. • The price for each copy would be 85 USD if eleven people wanted to buy the photo. You only need to leave a comment such as "I want". That will mean you are participate in auction. Limited edition photo (42x60) by Darian Volkova at the price 85 USD ... Sounds good, isn't it? I am going to announce the first photo (one of the closest to my heart, differ than that ☝🏻️) tomorrow Thursday 1:00 pm. (-4 GMT, mistake with day🙈) All details also will be tomorrow. If I were you I would share this information with my friends because get access to art together is easier.

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Inspired by her husband Sasha, who is also a photographer, Darian began capturing moments of her own career, away from the grace and costumes of the stage. On her Instagram account, the dancer manages to capture the enchanting side of ballet, but also the dance form's more brutal moments.

"It’s simple my husband is a photographer. I always loved to watch when Sasha took photos and I thought 'I also can do this'. He gave me film camera and then l lost my money because film expenses were first in my list. I photographed everything I saw, and Sasha asked me 'Why don’t you shoot ballet?", Darian writes on her website.

Darian has been documenting the brutal side of ballet on her Instagram account @darianvolkova
Darian has been documenting the brutal side of ballet on her Instagram account @darianvolkova

"It took me a year to think, so in 2013 I made the first step to become a ballet photographer. But at that time I didn’t think that it was serious. Now I understand I can express something via dance but photography is another view.

"Photography is my escape.

"Giving people an opportunity to see ballet through a ballerina’s eyes – that’s what I do," she said.

"As a viewer, you can see just one side of ballet, the world of beauty and lightness but ballet is more than world – it’s the universe."

Personal ballet shooting for @__tanusha___

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