Image Credits: Melanie Futorian © George Libbares
Stories in people’s faces
Well, that’s an interesting question, maybe I should ask my mom. What I do know is that I love the creative process – from dance to photography, writing, acting, music, painting and more.
I’m fascinated by color, lights and darks, textures, line, form, shapes, movement. Stories too. There are stories everywhere – unspoken in people’s faces.
Photographing them, I see a painting revealed with their posture, emotion, the background, and then it all comes together in a split second before it’s gone.
As a side note:
Some of my work history includes being a camera woman/audio engineer for The United Nations, CNN News, MTV, photographer for Zo-Ho Music; one CD I shot won a Latin Grammy (Pablo Zeigler), David Sanborn and Arturo O’Farrill’s CD’s and more. I’m also a regular contributor to “Jazz Quarterly” magazine. I’m a photographer for major dance companies, fashion shows and am a professional dancer/choreographer in New York.
I like to look at things so I find delight in photographing many subjects but I favor jazz and dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Jose Limon Company etc.
As a professional dancer, jazz has been my inspiration. Jazz has been in my soul for decades. At age 16, I was listening to Miles Davis, Weather Report and so many more artists. Little did I know that I’d have
a relationship with the percussionist on these records, as I didn’t even know his name back then.
Don was performing with Nina Simone and Miles was staring at Don intensely. Nina said to Miles, “I hope you don’t steal my drummer,” but of course he did. She was so mad that Miles would call Don up and rasp “get that bitch off my back.” But Don stayed with Miles and “Bitches Brew” became a gold album.
Take your time and wait for that moment you really want to capture. Photograph your passion.
Anything with a long lens. I love the intimacy but from being afar. I use a Nikon currently and previously a Canon which I also adore, though I had great results with a 40 dollar camera too. I think it was a Kodak Instamatic.
I helped deliver a baby on the sidewalk in New York one day. That was one of the most emotional experiences of my life; I wish I had photographed that.