WATERDANCE by Howard Schatz


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Ballet dancers jump, leap, and spin, striving to free their bodies of gravity's bonds--but their weightlessness is only an illusion. Photographer Schatz had a better idea: He took some dancers underwater and captured them on film in a dreamlike aquatic ballet that never touches the floor. Bodies entwine and arch and soar upside-down, their reflected images wriggling above them on the surface of the pool. The dancers' mostly nude figures express a satyrlike exultance in the new possibilities of movement, and yet, frozen in the camera's eye, they have the exotic stillness of figures painted on a Greek vase. Schatz (whose books include Seeing Red: The Rapture of Redheads) is clearly entranced with the body in all its phases; he is now working on books of photos of pregnant women and of newborn babies.

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 1995
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Graphis--dist. by Watson-Guptil