EXHIBITION OF DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY By Melanie De Ruyter

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ARTIST STATEMENT

This series of images came about in quite a unique and powerful way. Lauren and I met at a chance
encounter in 2017, we quickly combined our two passions; dance and photography. Lauren had always
wanted her dance to be photographed in a more powerful and poetic way. Out of this initial
conversation these images eventuated. The collaboration was effortless because we both felt
connected to the creative vision of the experience.

The photographs are aiming to celebrate the beautiful and quirky city that Launceston is. Both
Lauren and I have grown up in this small town and we wanted to embrace its character and
personality. To approach something that was very familiar to the both of us and re-define it in our
minds as a location of creative potential and a renewed sense of place.

The images were taken over three separate photo shoots. All the images were taken at last light to
utilise the soft light and to create atmosphere. To me, they are a refreshing reminder of the power
of creative collaboration and also the importance of continually seeing your home town through new
eyes.

Dark Beauty
Archival inkjet on Canson rag paper
Mounted to composite panel
82 x 123 cm
Edition of 5
$1,200 Original  $730 Reserve

The forest setting of Holly Bank provided a more gothic atmosphere than the previous photo shoots we had done around Launceston. The last light caught the movement of Lauren’s red skirt to make it appear like liquid, adding to this ephemeral quality of the overall image.

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Poised in Symmetry
Archival inkjet on Canson rag paper
Mounted to composite panel
54 x 82 cm
Edition of 5
$820 Original  $425 Reserve

Lauren and I wanted to celebrate the beautiful old buildings around Launceston and couldn’t go past this iconic church that sits on the corner of St. John and Frederick street. I love the symmetry that the building offers and the way the image lends itself to a simple black and white colour palette.

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NO ENTRY
Archival inkjet on Canson rag paper
Mounted to composite panel
45 x 67 cm
Edition of 5
$600 Original $310 Reserve

Also taken at the top of George street, this image was intended to play with the urban environment at last light. The light that you can see glowing on the pavement was actually from my own car headlights. We chose this specific spot for the glimpses of red in the tree and the no entry sign which brought the image to life with Laurens dramatic skirt.

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Urban Sweep
Archival inkjet on Canson rag paper
Mounted to composite panel
45 x 30 cm
Edition of 5
$370 Original $175 Reserve

We were on the top of the car park located on Paterson street. It was golden hour and the sun was just about to dip below the horizon line. There was a sense of urgency to make the most of the last light. I could tell Lauren was in her element, immersed in the music. This image captures the spirit and creative energy of that moment.

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Last Light
Archival inkjet on Canson rag paper
Mounted to composite panel
45 x 30 cm
Edition of 5
$370 Original  $175 Reserve

This image was taken on the top of the car park on Paterson street at golden hour. Lauren had suggested we use the fabric to create an extension of herself and a way to express her movement. I wanted to capture the spirit of the moment in a more abstracted way and shifted the focus off Lauren and onto the surrounds, which creates a softer, more emotive expression of her movements.

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Vantage Point - White  SOLD
Archival inkjet on Canson rag paper
Mounted to composite panel
45 x 30 cm
Edition of 5
$370 Original
This location was one of the first places I visualised when initially planning the photo shoots. Again the light played a large role in creating the atmosphere of this image. The high vantage point creates a unique perspective of Launceston and the Tamar river. The iconic town clock and Myer building set the scene softly in the background.

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Vantage Point - Black
Archival inkjet on Canson rag paper
Mounted to composite panel
45 x 30 cm
Edition of 5
$370 Original  $175 Reserve

We had to duck off the road as cars passed us by, but the road created the perfect location to make the most of this unique perspective of Launceston. Lauren gently pulled this pose as we could hear the silver car in the background coming toward us. The warm afternoon glow creates a beautiful rim on Lauren, setting her apart from her surroundings.

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EXHIBITION DETAILS
Exhibition of Dance Photography by Melanie de Ruyter @ Elaia April 2018
Dancer: Lauren Oliver
Image Details:
Archival inkjet on Canson rag paper mounted to composite panel with archival water based adhesive then laminated with UV blocking film.
Care Instructions:
Clean with microfibre cloth for dust or use a small amount of Halo to remove fingerprints.
All images are taken around Lauceston CBD or at Holly Bank.

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