The Image that Started it All

Montazh - Photo by Bill Hebert

by Bill Hebert, for The Dance Journal

So I was thinking to myself how do I follow up the first issue of my photo column, what image should I choose? I decided to go back to the beginning and give a quick glimpse to where it all started.

It all started with this all female hip hop dance company, Montazh. The image above was taken in 2003 and was the very first performance I had photographed at Temple University’s Conwell Dance Theater. It was a show titled: Testimony: an evening of Afro-modern choreography by Charles O. Anderson and was a piece that he had set on the company titled “Staking Claim” if I remember correctly.

If you notice the image looks a little grainy and was actually shot on black and white 3200 speed film way before digital camera’s became all the rage. Digital photography does make what I do so much easier but there is something about film, specifically black and white film that I still love to this day. It’s as if the image has an essence, a soul all it’s own.

To this day this is still one of my favorite images.  Beauty, strength and grace all brought together in a single moment, suspended in time and etched on a frame of film.

Have any questions/comments about the moments chosen thus far or how I choose those moments?  Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

About Bill Hebert

Bill Hebert (pronounced AY-BEAR), has been photographing performances in Philadelphia and New York for almost 8 years now primarily capturing dance. He has worked such local artists as Montazh, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM), Headlong Dance Theater, BalletX, Winged Woman Dance/Tina Heuges, Nichole Canuso Dance Company and Group Motion among many others in Philadelphia. NY based and touring companies Bill has had the pleasure of working with include: Paul Taylor, Limon Dance, Parsons Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Merce Cunningham, RubberbandDance Group, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, River North Chicago Dance and Pilobolus. Bill has also had the pleasure of participating in three photography workshops with renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield. Bill’s philosophy and mission is to “Capture the Essence of the Moment” and give the work a life beyond the stage. Bill Hebert is currently a photographer for The University of Pennsylvania’s Dance Celebration series, was one of the photographers for both the 2008 & 2009 Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival, Choreographic Sketches in NY, 2010 IABD Conference and proud to be a part of the team for the “By Local” series in Philadelphia which will give local artists a chance to tell their story while doing what they love which is to entertain and enlighten others.

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