"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


A Fairytale Story 

 Photographer ; Donna Erika Tan

The concept behind this photo-shoot was a fairytale story: showing in pictures, of (at first) two kids growing and sharing memories together, and then growing and having to go their separate ways, living different lives, and then being reunited when they are older. 

How it all started, well how did I get involved, me and a friend were walking along a park, when two photographer students, approached us and asked as if we would like to be involved in their university project. We did not hesitate, we liked the idea and said YES ! 

The photo-shoot involved different days, different locations, as for my part , I was the girl who went her different way, in a much stylish, elegant way, therefore the clothes, settings, lights, makeup , etc had to reflect in the pictures, and Dona is a very good photographer, very professional and passionate in what she does, she knew exactly what she wanted and therefore , I knew what I had to do.

The story tells in pictures, how at the end the friends reunited themselves, after both having lived different lives.

All Pictures are subject to copyright Photographer :
Donna Erika Tan.

A different kind of Photo shoot, A journey of a performer...

Doing collaborations with photographers is always a nice experience as well as a learning opportunity for me, this time the idea and concept really gave me a buzz especially knowing the purpose of the photos.

Anita Cottle.- "basically took them as part of my City&Guilds photography course and for my assignment I chose to report on various events around musicians and the arts. I was drawn to the beautiful costumes of the Bolivian dancers and wanted to explore the colours and tradition of that culture. I also wanted to tell a story behind the preparation before the performance as well and show a behind-the-scenes view of the performer."

And she clearly did that !! She accompanied us on various occasions to different events, one Sunday we had two performances, and it would be arriving to the venue, get ready dance, then change then go straight to the next event, get ready, dance and get changed.

As a performer, I think that it is nice to show almost the: "behind-the-scenes" photos, what goes into the preparation of a performance, many people just see us dance at a show, event, festival... but they don't get to see all the preparation behind, the rehearsals.The time we give towards a performance, as well of getting ready, like doing the hair, make up, etc.
Basically the transformation for us to go on stage and perform, the hours of preparation invested in a performance and the final preparations.

Anita Cottle, clearly show the detail of the costumes, and the performers in a different way that you would normally see them, a naturally and distinctive approach to photography, which shows the Bolivian costumes, in detail, close-up pictures, where you can see the detail of the designs and beads of the costumes, the colours that attract and grab your attention, and they can be seen in detail in the pictures, details that normally are not very much appreciated when performing, because looking at the detail of the costumes, you can also see the time, the imagination and the effort that goes towards making that costume.
The pictures also show the rehearsals, the preparation into getting dress and ready with the costumes, the final touches before going to the stage, and the final pictures, the performance.

A journey that most people don't get to see too often.

As well as the pictures of the dancing performances, there are also, other pictures of artists, musicians, which also shows different stories and emotions.

Photographer : Semsettin/ Editing: Lindsey Funes Obleas

Photographer : Nishant Pithia

Photographer : Semsettin / Editing: Lindsey Funes Obleas

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