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Dasha, the dancer
As I was strolling along the Downtown Mall on my way home from work, I saw a woman dancing while a photographer was taking photos of her. You see all sorts of things on the Downtown Mall, so there was no way of knowing what was going on until I got closer. She didn’t appear to mind the guy taking photos of her, but she clearly wasn’t posing — or maybe I should say dancing — for his benefit. I thought about taking a couple photos of her dancing, since she was a vision in red and black, and her dance seemed to be inspired by flamenco, but there were so many people passing by that there was no possibility of getting a photo of her that didn’t include an unattractive background. I waited a couple of minutes for the other shutterbug to finish and move on, then I approached and asked if she would be willing to let me make a portrait of her. She agreed, but since her computer and speakers and other personal items were lying on the ground, she couldn’t really go anywhere. If you’ve seen many of my portraits, you will have noticed that I try to find backgrounds that are suitable — not too distracting and complimentary in color whenever possible — and do my best to find some even lighting. A quick glance around left me with only one realistic option, which was a large board blocking entry into a construction site, and I carefully placed her in a spot that had even shade. She quite kindly tolerated my directions, and I made this portrait.
Dasha is a student at the University of Virginia, and she was down on the Mall to attract a little publicity for the UVa Belly Dance Club and hopefully a few dollars from any passers-by who would donate something after watching her dance. You can take a look at their website here: http://atuva.student.virginia.edu/organization/bellydanceclub
I’ve never seen them perform, but maybe I’ll get the chance to check them out sometime soon.
Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA