I am a very lucky guy. I get to photograph and sometimes meet very talented people. Last year, while working as a hired hand on a Joe McNally shoot, I was introduced to the amazing Jennifer Curry Wingrove, a former Ballerina of the California Ballet Company. Jennifer also worked as an aerialist, who hangs, twists and drops from great heights. The story of shoot with Joe is over on his blog HERE. Jennifer and I stayed in touch after that shoot, and when I started to put together my new book on the Nikon Creative lighting System, I hired Jennifer to model for some of the images. You can see some of that HERE.
Jennifer runs Wingrove Studio Presents and is currently producing a show called “Save My Soul” as part of the San Diego Fringe Festival. I caught and photographed the show last Saturday and was so blown away by what I saw during that performance that I went back last night to see it again. The show deals with the age old question What is love worth if it costs you your soul?
The cast is made up of five of the most talented dancers / aerialists that I have ever seen: Armando Munoz, Laura Dasi, Cecilia Goodman, Kiona Daelyn and Jennifer Curry Wingrove. The laws of gravity seem to be on hold for these five talented performers as they effortlessly go through a series of amazing aerial feats. There are only two more performances and if you are in San Diego I highly recommend that you catch this show before it’s too late. For Tickets and more information : Click HERE
The photos in this post were all shot with the Nikon D750 due to the great low light capability and the fact that the shutter is much quieter than my other cameras. I used the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens to compress the scene and give me the reach I needed from the last row of seats. I positioned myself in the back of the theatre to avoid breaking the spell of the show for the other attendees. It doesn’t matter how great the act or the shoot, I never want to ruin a performance for anyone.