The Verb Ballet Honors the Shakers

Cleveland's Verb Ballet honors the Shakers.

I had the honor of photographing Cleveland’s Verb Ballet as they rehearsed for a performance at St. Ignatius High School’s Breen Center for the Performing Arts.  This dance honored the Shakers, and was visually stunning!

Shooting the ballet is a photographic challenge.  It usually requires high ISOs in order to use shutter speeds needed to freeze the action, while at the same time exposures that do not allow the highlights, or whites, in the scene to lose detail.  It’s often a balancing act while trying to deal with dark backgrounds and very bright stage lighting.  The costumes in this dance number were a little more subdued than some of the others having white and black costumes, making it somewhat easier to balance.

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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5 Responses to The Verb Ballet Honors the Shakers

  1. Roger Davis says:

    Wow! Very nice Kolman.


  2. Dave Brooks says:

    Beautiful Image Kolman! Very nicely done!



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