with Wayde Carroll
Last Thursday I was hired to photograph a shareholders picnic for the Calista Native Corporation. I love photographing any native event and was glad to get the gig. I figured it was a typical "grip and grin" event shoot where I just try and show people having a good time, try not to get people blinking, stuffing their face with food etc. Lots of flash.
Well I did all that but my employer failed to tell me that there was an American Indian dance group from the lower 48 there to perform that evening. When I heard about it I though "cool". When I saw "Dancing Earth" perform, I thought "WAY COOL!"
This group bills themselves as an "Indigenous Contemporary Dance Collective". They hail from Arizona and surrounding states. Their performance was a beautiful mix of classic ballet, native american dance, and story telling through mime. They went through the various life cycles, joys, and trials of Native American living in the days before the USA was established. It was thoroughly mesmerizing.
It was fairly dark for photography so I shot everything at 800 to 1600 ISO at F2.8 at around 1/125". I didn't want to use flash and ruin the mood of the lighting.
I'm now a big fan and hope to see more of "Dancing Earth" in the future!