Impressed by his background, photographer Omar Z. Robles has been capturing the sleek and delicate actions of ballet dancers for over four years now. From Melbourne to Rio De Janeiro, Omar lets the dancers our bodies inform their very own tales, typically juxtaposing their elegant magnificence with gritty city environments. “Earlier than being a photographer I studied and carried out professionally as a Mime,” he instructed Bored Panda. “I discovered in pictures an identical approach of making tales utilizing solely the visible language.”
His newest collection, Naked Sky Dance, takes place on the rooftops of New York Metropolis, with the dancers exhibiting a extra weak aspect by stripping off and posing nude. “The bare physique speaks volumes to our fragile but mystical and sleek existence,” Omar mentioned. “We’re born bare and it was a unadorned act (generally) that introduced life to every and everybody of us.”
“I usually dancers within the streets, however I assumed the rooftops could be an attention-grabbing twist while offering some privateness in the intervening time of photographing.”
In addition to the gorgeous pictures that his collection has produced, Omar delves into the background tales of the dancers themselves, bringing their tales to life and offering an attention-grabbing context to the photoshoot. “Because of the character of this collection and the present social local weather, I needed the dancers to develop into the voice of the photographs,” Omar instructed us.
One dancer, Alexandra Jacob, shared her very private motivation to be part of the collection. “I selected to take part to de-stigmatize the notion that nudity has to all the time be related to sexuality in a visible setting, in addition to to reclaim my private proper of consent after a silencing of my historical past with sexual assault,” she wrote. “This venture was extremely liberating in a way that like being on stage, I used to be in a position to shed my outer layers and uncover the liberty of self-worth.”
One other participant, Terk Lewis, aimed to encourage folks to embrace their variations and never really feel hindered by a perceived ‘excellent picture’ that the dance world could have promoted previously. “What appealed to me about posing for this collection is the truth that I’ve a really completely different sort of physique,” he mentioned. “I don’t mandatory appear like most dancers, I’ve tattoos and I’m taller than your common male dancer. I need to empower people that may relate to me and my picture by doing issues within the dance world that simply a few years in the past individuals who appeared like me weren’t in a position to do. I consider there’s inspiration there to be given.”
Omar’s Naked Sky Dance permits his topics to not solely to reveal their our bodies to the world, however offers them a voice that goes past the visible, and provides us a perspective on the highs and lows that include being an expert dancer. Scroll down beneath to take a look at the collection for your self, and go to his blog to be taught extra about Omar’s work.
“As a dancer, I’m innately self-conscious about my physique as a result of we are typically pretty important of our strains and method. Being nude may carry much more consideration to any potential errors or flaws. Issues that possibly the on a regular basis particular person may not discover however a skilled dancer would. I selected to work with Omar on his #BareSkyDance collection and dared to pose nude as a result of he’s a photographer that I’ve labored with earlier than and I do know I can belief to take the pictures that may characterize my work nicely.
By means of this pictures I need to honor the robust and masculine function of the male dancer, notably the male Asian dancer. I need folks to see not solely the sweetness but additionally the robust athleticism of the male dancer.
Once I get older, I look ahead to coming again to this pictures and convey again the recollections of my youth and the physique that I nurtured by means of my profession as an expert dancer. “
“Doing the #BareSkyDance collection with Omar was extraordinarily liberating. I’ve all the time struggled with my physique picture. Even lately I’ve been instructed by somebody in an expert setting that I shouldn’t be thought of a ballet dancer due to the best way my physique naturally is formed. I don’t discuss this typically however I’m additionally a sufferer of sexual assault. The incident has made me much more self aware of my physique and ashamed. The considered my physique not having the ability to be partially hidden beneath cloth made me cringe. Nevertheless Omar is somebody I belief and somebody who I do know would seize these pictures in a approach that might be respectful, thought frightening and significant. The day we occurred to shoot on was chilly and wet, not the standard day one feels impressed to bounce on a rooftop bare. Nonetheless standing on the rooftop, my physique uncovered to the world, I not felt self aware, ashamed and weak, I felt free and proud. When wanting on the pictures I instinctively needed to select aside and critique each a part of my physique however the liberating feeling I felt on that rooftop introduced me again right down to actuality. These pictures confirmed how unimaginable the human physique actually is. The truth that I’m able to dance and stand on my toes and put my physique by means of such immense stress day after day is superb. It hasn’t been a straightforward street however it’s so good to really feel pleased with my completely imperfect physique.”
“What appealed to me about posing for @OmarZRobles #BareSkyDance collection is the truth that I’ve a really completely different sort of physique. I don’t mandatory appear like most dancers, I’ve tattoos and I’m taller than your common male dancer. By means of these nude pictures I need to encourage different folks to embrace their variations and really feel supported in being distinctive and completely different. I need empower people that may relate to me and my picture by doing issues within the dance world that simply a few years in the past individuals who appeared like me weren’t in a position to do. I consider there’s inspiration there to be given.”
“As an expert dancer I’ve accomplished a number of picture shoots previously, all the time highlighting strains, method and all the time searching for the esthetics of magnificence within the motion or in a pose that may freeze these moments of pure artwork with our our bodies. For the primary time I made a decision to take the danger of exhibiting my physique nude, as I’m experiencing a really particular and distinctive time in life: the time of being pregnant.
As a dancer, to see drastic adjustments in your physique and to embrace them with happiness is one thing that you just don’t think about till the second you reside the superb journey of motherhood, and also you notice then that the concept of esthetics and sweetness about your physique can transcend the skinny lengthy strains we -dancers- all the time search for. The reward of giving life to a brand new human, the love of anticipating a child and the sensation of that connection is one thing that may not be described with phrases. It turns into a problem to find this “new you” who seems completely different however who additionally feels highly effective on the similar time, with a distinct sort of power that you just didn’t know might exist in you.
A dancer is so used to lightness, velocity and elasticity… and the absence of those frequent qualities make you see deeper into this new magnificence, this new YOU with curve strains, heavier, slower however with the fantastic blessing of carrying a life inside.
I accepted to be a part of the #BareSkyDance Sequence, to honor the miracle of maternity and my love for dance. I consider each robust girl on the market who has skilled the wonderful time of being pregnant, regardless her form, it has a lot magnificence to share with the world. Being pregnant ought to all the time be loved, celebrated and all of us ladies ought to love our our bodies greater than ever. I embrace this memorable journey with happiness! When my arabesques aren’t as excessive as earlier than, when my stability is in a distinct place, once I can’t present any belly muscle groups and in alternate I present an enormous and rounded child bump that I’ll bear in mind perpetually, in probably the most pure and creative approach these photos have captured at my 32 weeks of being pregnant. Thanks Omar for an exquisite work!”
“I’ve been following Omar for fairly some time on Instagram and I’ve all the time admired his work. And for a while, I had puzzled how I might get the chance to shoot with him. When he posted that he wanted extra volunteers for his Naked Sky Dance, I knew that was my likelihood. I’ve accomplished one different nude dance picture shoot earlier than and I beloved it, so I knew I might be comfy doing this type of factor once more. I get pleasure from being photographed nude as a result of as a dancer, I see my physique as artwork, and I see my nude physique because the rawest model of that artwork. I don’t see it as a sexual or inappropriate factor in a context equivalent to #BareSkyDance. I see it as magnificence and nature and freedom. Omar is doing work that captures all of that in a really creative, skilled, and sincere approach.”
“What a stupendous idea Naked Sky Dance! To be totally bare, weak, open is, in my view, probably the most harmful factor an individual can do and likewise probably the most stunning. I selected to shoot with Omar as a result of his pictures, particularly this collection, captures that essence. It’s a stunning expertise to be totally bare and weak, embracing the great thing about the pure state, but surrounded by the town chaos of New York. The juxtaposition of those two issues intrigued me and I believe rooftops are the proper location to seize the uncooked fantastic thing about each; a view of the town from above the chaos the place pure magnificence can come to life.”
“With the Naked Sky Dance collection, I hope a sense of liberation is conveyed ultimately, form, or kind. I additionally love the juxtaposition of the mushy weak power of the dancer, contrasted with the usually harsh, steely environment. That to me is about an individual retaining their rules, or religion, or what have you ever, in regardless of of every little thing occurring that’s out of your management.”
” “Don’t hesitate. Go for it. Be Epic.
These are three mantras I repeat to myself day in and time out to outlive the hustle and bustle of NYC. With out them, I don’t suppose I might have survived this lengthy in a metropolis that’s well-known for its competitiveness. So as to make it right here, you must be one factor and one factor solely; FEARLESS.
After virtually a 12 months’s hiatus from the digital camera, Omar invited me to be part of his #Bareskydance collection. I hesitated to agree as a result of I used to be popping out of a break-up, and the vulnerability I used to be feeling left me no want to be in entrance of a digital camera.
Once I met once more with Omar, he didn’t realize it, however I used to be feeling the bottom I had ever felt. I felt uncooked and open and uncovered on the within. However I knew in my intestine that it was necessary to take cost of my confidence, and one step towards doing that was to place myself again in entrance of the digital camera, nude.
Within the nude and visual on a New York Metropolis rooftop, that openness and rawness was now uncovered on the skin as nicely. “
“As a mannequin, a dancer (and hell simply as a girl) folks typically ask me to pose nude. I normally politely decline as a result of I need my artwork to be about extra then my bare physique. Being bare is totally pure and regular but additionally simple. Straightforward to look good in a photograph, simple for folks to love it. However when Omar requested me to pose for his Naked Sky Dance it was in regards to the magnificence and ease of dancing fully free, one thing that took my mind a LONG time to know. Dance is freedom to me. It’s not about method, not about getting one of the best roles or being on the most important stage. Simply being current on this second, feeling solely what my physique is doing, with my thoughts silent. For me posing for Omar’s new collection was a celebration within the freedom that dance has given me. The liberty to be pleased with my artwork and the physique that helps me do it.”
“When Omar contacted me asking if I used to be focused on taking pictures for his new collection I didn’t know the idea but, I simply mentioned sure! Then he instructed me it was known as #BareSkyDance. Photos of a large sky, freedom, skyscrapers shaping the horizon of New York Metropolis in distinction to the bare physique of a dancer sounded stunning in my head.
I’ve labored with Omar a number of instances, in actual fact he was the primary photographer I labored with in New York, and I lay all my belief to his concepts and visions. Capturing dancers he all the time handle to seize the weak moments with an eye fixed for nicely thought composition and lightweight.
We had the shoot an unusually chilly summer time Sunday morning in Brooklyn, it was raining and the sky gray. The climate and the onerous rain got here in play of how the photographs turned out: dramatic and delicate. I used to be fully soaked and my pointe footwear too however that each one disappeared whereas I used to be in entrance of the digital camera lens.
Town has a lot magic and on this collection Omar takes it to the rooftops which is an enormous a part of New York traits. This shoot was additionally further particular for me as a result of it was the day I moved again to Europe after 6 years within the metropolis. I felt like the town was crying and #BareSkyDance wrapped up my time in New York coming right here hungry with large desires. The collection has feelings and its celebrates the dancer on high of NY city in an astonishing approach.”
“I selected to take part in Omar Z Robles’s Naked Sky Dance pictures collection to de-stigmatize the notion that nudity has to all the time be related to sexuality in a visible setting, in addition to to reclaim my private proper of consent after a silencing my historical past with sexual assault. There’s completely nothing fallacious with both sexuality or nudity, I simply desire to not have them be the idea of how I current myself to the world. I personally really feel there are methods to specific oneself in a extra clear style with out being as overtly erotic.
When agreeing to collaborating on this venture, I used to be permitting myself be part of a extra weak sort of shoot. I consented to working with Omar (who I’ve gained belief collaborating with for 3 years), I consented to baring my kind unclothed, and I consented to shoot in a extra non-public roof setting. The important secret’s that I made a private alternative; I gave it my approval and never another person’s. This venture was extremely liberating in a way that like being on stage, I used to be in a position to shed my outer layers and uncover the liberty of self-worth.”