One of my current projects is photographing professional dancers. Most of the images are made using a slow shutter speed in order to create an impressionistic blurring effect to emphasize motion. My initial inspiration came from photographer Hal Eastman's dance imagery. I also discovered a wonderful book of his dance images on Amazon – for five bucks!
This first image is of Julia Zharova, the founder of the San Francisco Russian Ballet School. I was fortunate to photograph this talented dancer in the performance auditorium in the San Francisco Russian Center. This is my favorite image of her.