Photographer Shoots Creatively Beautiful Series of a Ballerina's Dance Entirely on Large-scale Polaroid Film


People are just coming up with ever interesting ways to innovate the use of film photography. In this case, photographer Douglas Dubler combined instant photography and graceful nuances in a ballerina’s dance.

Photo by Douglas Dubler via Facebook

Challenge: use instant film to portray the beautiful movements of a ballerina’s dance. What’s interesting about it? Well, just using regular instant film is already a tough enough thing but using a large scale 20×24-inch Polaroid film is a different thing on its own. Photographer Douglas Dubler did just that as he created a series of beautiful images portraying dance on instant film.

Photos by Douglas Dubler via Facebook

Ballerina Rachelle di Stasio playfully poses for Dubler in the lovely dance series. Dubler, who shot the series for a feature article on Digital Pro Photo magazine talks about the shoot:

Borrowing the aesthetic from my shoot with ABT prima ballerina Irina Dvorovenko, I created that Dega-esque effect by using a hand painted backdrop from my friend Charles Broderson. Since the Polaroid material tends to be a little flatter in contrast I configured my Broncolor LightBars to give me a boost in contrast and at the same time the power (32,000 wt./sec) I needed to shoot the giant camera at f 45. We shot three different types of Polaroid film, 1 B&W and 2 color, choice being made to favor the subject.

Watch the video by John Reuter for the behind the scenes look at the shoot and see the excitement of the people involved in the project as they peer through each print. Anyone who has shot with instant film will know the familiar feeling during the moment that each print comes to life.

Video by John Reuter

All information and photos used in this article were sourced from Pop Photo and Douglas Dubler’s Facebook site.

written by cheeo on 2014-01-03 in #lifestyle #videos #dance #instant-film #douglas-dubler #ballerina


  1. ezakimak
    ezakimak ·

    I'm not gonna lie to you, I was mesmerised by that! Not just the utterly charming ballerina, but the gorgeous photos. Man, how satisfying would it be to peel that backing away and seeing an amazing pic below? Cool.

  2. micky_s
    micky_s ·

    the second photo looks a bit like she has got her head on backwards....

  3. cheeo
    cheeo ·

    It's a really cool and creative project if you ask me. Not only did Douglas Dubler capture her grace but the fact that it was made on a hella big polaroid film. Gives me the shivers when I think of the excitement in peeling the backing.

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