I recently came across a short video story in the New York Times Lens blog featuring well-known dance photographer Andrea Mohin.
Mohin makes a few comments about dance photography that really resonated with me on a couple of levels.
“It’s sports photography in the dark, and you don’t know the game.”
She goes on further to explain:
“In sports photography, you have some sense of what happens in a basketball game or football game, and you know generally what to expect. But when the curtain goes up on a dance performance, you have no idea what you’re about to see,” said Mohin.
I’ve been regularly shooting some form of dance and sports for the length of my pro photography career, and Mohin has hit the nail right on the head.