When it comes to dance photography, I have a serious soft spot. Dane Shitagi’s Ballerina Project, Lois Greenfield’s work, I love it all. And so, I was delighted when a friend showed me what baseball player-turned-actor-turned-photographer Jordan Matter has been working on: Dancers Among Us. It’s been around since 2009, and is a labor of love between Matter, professional dancers from all over and New York City’s magnificent cityscape.
“Dancers Among Us” is a celebration of being alive. Matter watched his children play make-believe one day, and was completely inspired by the pure and innocent pleasure he witnessed. He wanted to create a photo project that could convey that same sense of childish pleasure, free from self-consciousness, in everyday activities. From headstands on the escalator at Grand Central, to leaping down the steps at the Plaza Hotel, to plank-pose on the tables at the Public Library, each photograph is packed with total and utter joy.
You can view the entire collection at jordanmatter.com/photography/dance-photography/dancers-among-us/gallery.php#
They are sure to brighten your day. I looked at them this morning - and haven’t stopped smiling since.