Sunday, November 10, 2013

The gesture

Danseuse ajustant sa bretelle, 1895-96, Edgar Degas 

Adjusting the strap
is a pain for the dancer,
sweat yet tense,
diligently squatting
in tight tutu pas,
to restore the balance
excused from the class.


Luckily a stranger
entered the stage
with old camera,
said, he’s artist
his age? –
not so important,
he’s ready to help,
but first –
wants her to pose
for study of ballet girls –
a photo sketch
before the portrait.



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11 comments:

  1. No wonder Degas caught magic in his paintings, if he used film, too! :)

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  2. Caught the pose then helped, nice way to be haha

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  3. You transported me back in time...

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  4. smiles....my wife was a ballerina for 18 years...they occassionally had photographers come in to capture some back stage pictures...we have one in black and white that hangs on our wall....

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  5. well done....thanks for sharing your words

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  6. A creative take on the prompt and not outside the range of possibility.

    Nice.

    =)

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  7. nice...i like those unofficial pics much more than the ones that are so arranged and look so arranged as well

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  8. Nice read it is! a good take on the pic prompt!

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  9. If ever we could travel back, this would be the start.

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  10. He seems knd of creepy.....cheers Hum'

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