BASED IN: New York, USA
KNOWN FOR: Shooting the beauty of dance in unexpected settings
SHOOTS WITH: FUJIFILM GFX 50S Camera, X-T2 Camera, X-Pro2 Camera, FUJINON GF63mmF2.8 R WR Lens, GF110mmF2 R WR Lens, XF23mmF1.4 R Lens, XF23mmF2 R WR Lens, XF35mmF1.4 R Lens, XF56mmF1.2 R Lens, XF90mmF2 R LM WR Lens, XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR Lens
For a photographer, Omar Z. Robles has a fairly unique background. He first studied mime in Paris with the legendary mime artist Marcel Marceau, where he learned to interpret the world through movement. This is something he's carried over into his photography of dancers, who he juxtaposes with urban landscapes of cities, not just in the USA, but all over the world.
"Dance photography could be about many things. It could be as mechanical as a standard portfolio or book photograph, carefully posed and shot in a controlled environment. Alternatively, it could be a more artistic expression, which is able to stand alone as art.
"In my case, what I'm looking for is to create artistic imagery that goes beyond just photographing something as a subject. It's about evoking an emotion through photography and provoking a reaction. I want people who aren't themselves dancers to imagine themselves in the place of the dancer in the shot. This is the reason I like to work in urban settings."
"Anyone who's interested in getting into dance photography should really consider learning about dance too. In fact, that goes for photographing just about any discipline: learn about the subject matter. That is the number-one rule."
Omar Z. Robles is a compensated FUJIFILM X-Photographer.To see more of Omar's work, visit his website.