X-RAY: Experimental portraits of dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet
To celebrate Copenhagen Photo Festival, Hans Alf Gallery will be showing Per Morten Abrahamsen’s experimental photo series X-RAY. The images have been created in collaboration with dancers from The Royal Danish Ballet whom Abrahamsen has been portraying for roughly a year
With his newest exhibition, X-RAY, Per Morten Abrahamsen seeks to illustrate the personal body language of each dancer in a way that captures that which normally eludes the eye – the physical and ghostly echoes that live between point A and B in a dance sequence.
The portraits have been captured through a technique in which Abrahamsen uses specific lighting and prolonged exposures – counterintuitive to conventional dance photography – to freeze certain parts of a movement and leave others drawn out in poetic, brushstroke-like textures - all within a single shot. The controlled environment of the studio has allowed the dancers to work physically in a highly personal and unchoreografed way.
For the show, Abrahamsen has given select pieces a multidimensional appearance through physical deconstruction.
Per Morten Abrahamsen is one of Denmark’s most accomplished art-photographers and is considered a Scandinavian trailblazer in terms of his work in portraiture and tableau photography