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A very special exhibit by the artist responsible for the photos on this site.
Corps de Clone
by Rebecca Ashley
The images in this exhibit were inspired by one of those moments of serendipity you are always looking for as a photographer. One night as I watched my son engage in a world-altering battle with his action figures, I teasingly grabbed one of his heroes and contorted him into an arabesque. In one moment my past as a dancer and choreographer confronted his present. Our response? To laugh and try another pose. Could he do a grande plié? A tendue? I found that applying structured historical dance poses to these action figures created a tension. Now the faceless figures evoked both the strength of troops in formation and the strength—and rapture—of dancers in performance. Intrigued, I built a small stage with lights for my newly conscripted corps de ballet to inhabit. The more I worked with these figures, the more interesting and seamless this dual “identity” became. The work in this exhibit brings my worlds of dance, parenting, and photography into one sphere where, like a dancer on stage, belief is often suspended and being in the moment is all.
Rebecca Ashley is a freelance photographer living in Park Slope. To see more of her work visit:
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