SPAM the 2007 degree show of the University of Westminster's MA in Photographic Studies



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Returning Backstage

This series of portraits feature dancers photographed seconds after they have finished performing. As soon as the dancers go backstage, they pose in front of the camera still sweating and out of breath. This is a private moment when they have been finally discharged from their role on stage but are still physically and mentally involved with what has just happened. Seconds before, they were objects for public entertainment but, since the audience has left, they are transitioning to being simply present again in the "real world" out of stage as themselves. These portraits attempt to describe the feeling of emptiness that follows the adrenalin-charged exertion of live performance by capturing the expression of dancers who are recovering from the strain of the show and the realisation that it is over.

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