Cameras and Dancers: Mind, Body & Space

In 2014, young dancer Jacob Jonas set out to create a greater awareness of the art of dance. As a dynamic dancer himself, he approached it as a nexus of various art forms to create a singular gesture that was visceral and visually captivating. Turning to social media as a means to connect the global population, he sought out to find a means in which to collect and collate like minded ideas and opportunities of this kind.

#CamerasandDancers. ©Michael O’neal

Through this, the Instagram project #camerasanddancers was born to connect dance, photography and architecture in a single form of expression. The result is a masterpiece.

#CamerasandDancers. ©Brad Romano
#CamerasandDancers. ©Jacob Jonas Company
#CamerasandDancers. ©Jacob Jonas Company

The presence of architecture as a backdrop strikes a bold contrast to the natural contortion of the human body. The play of light and shadow adds a layer of depth to the composition.

#CamerasandDancers. ©Jacob Jonas Company
#CamerasandDancers. ©Jacob Jonas Company
#CamerasandDancers. ©Jacob Jonas Company

The contrast of the dancers’ motion to the static backdrop creates an interesting juxtaposition, with moments captured to express a feeling of frozen animation. The choreography is generally staged in flight with the body in tension or compression. Above is Jacob Jonas himself, mid-flight, in front of the Richard Meier’s famous Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

#CamerasandDancers. ©Terry Mclaughlin
#CamerasandDancers. ©Thai Hoang