blood, sweat and tears

Okay, here comes the most personal and emotional blogpost I have posted so far.

My boyfriend Adrian started dancing when he was a kid in Rumania and worked as a professional ballet dancer ever since he finished school. He had engagements in England, Scotland, Spain and Austria, was on tour in Japan, Monte Carlo, Irland and France – just to name a few. 

The truth about ballet is, that it looks elegant, effortless and graceful but what the audience doesn't see is the hard work in training and rehearsals – many times a torture for the body that ends in pain and blood. No wonder, that you cannot do this job forever. A truth, that also Adrian had to face when he had to go trough a knee surgery last year. So it is time for him to stop his career on stage and starte something new. 

This Tuesday he danced his last ballet as a member of Wiener Staatsballett on stage of Wiener Volksoper. I went with him back stage and had my camera with me to document this special occasion. Not an easy job, as I got quite emotional myself in the end. 

 

Getting ready for the show.

 

Warming up in the studio.

 

The show begins.
First part: Debussy, "Nachmittag eines Fauns" (choreography: Boris Nebyla)

 

Part two: Ravel, "Bolero" (choreography: András Lukács)

 

Part three: Orff, "Carmina Burana" (choreography: Vesna Orlic)

 

Taking the final bow and the end.

So, here's to Adrian: I love you very much and I am really proud of you. Not just for what you achieved as a dancer but also for taking a risk and starting something new.

on the other side

They say "the gras is always greener on the other side". Is that true? Actually I never really envyd the people on the other side of my camera. I always felt more comfortable shooting, than being the model.

But I wanted to understand how the people feel like, when I take their picture. I wanted to experience first hand what makes them comfortable and relaxed, and what might stress them. So I asked the incredible duo Thomas and Cornelia to take a couple of pictures of me. I met Thomas about a year ago when we both did a workshop about wedding photography with Carmen and Ingo Photography. Our pathes crossed several times since than and I can not only say that he is an incredibly nice person – both of them are – but also one of the most talanted photographers I had the pleasure to meet. But see for yourself at his website

The shoot itself was actually great fun. They both understand how to make people relax in front of the camera - even when there are others watching. After all we shot at Albertina and Museumsquartier – not the most remote places in Vienna. But after a few directions and a couple of clicks I forgot all about it and felt really comfortable. Once again, great job Thomas and Cornelia!

To make a long story short: here are some of the pictures. 

All pictures: www.thomassteibl.com