New York based photographer Omar Robles has taken us once again to the streets but this time in Hong Kong. For this project, his staple ballerina subjects are set amidst the hustle-and-bustle atmosphere of a dense and busy metropolis. The gracefulness of their movements is juxtaposed to the highly populated and sometimes chaotic background of the city.
Jessica Burrows joined the Hong Kong ballet in 2010. She describes Hong Kong as a meeting ground for East and West, which speaks about the allure of the photos as well: “Hong Kong is really a city where the East meets the West, and I think the company dancers and repertoire reflect that. There are many styles of dance in China that we don’t really see in the West. Classical Chinese dance and other Chinese styles can be seen in Hong Kong as often as ballet performances.”
“There’s no other feeling in the world for me than that of shooting where the locals walk every day. The markets, the sidewalks, the alleys…that’s where I love to be,” Robles writes.
“The main idea behind portraying dancers in urban spaces is to not to disrupt these settings but to compliment and harmonize with them. The visual cacophony of the city cries out for an opposite in order to find balance. That is what I am trying to achieve by juxtaposing the dancers’ beautiful, subtle and soft lines against the hectic and chaotic jumble of the city.”
Omar Robles has created a great series of photographs around other parts of the world as well. With the help of local ballerina stars, he has portrayed the streets of New York, Mexico City, Havana and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The photographer’s first trip to Asia, commissioned by the government is a clear testimony to the great talent shown in his earlier works. The images of dancers in motion throughout the streets of these famous cities are simply breathtaking