‘Dancers Among Us’ Art Project by Jordan Matter [Big Picture]

‘Dancers Among Us’ is an ongoing art project led by photographer Jordan Matter that began in the spring of 2009, featuring top professional dancers in everyday situations throughout America.

What would happen if the dancers invaded every corner of the metropolis? The U.S. photographer has decided to find out what would happen in various corners of America. The goal? “Have fun, amaze and inspire.”

Since 2009, John Matter has captured photos of professional dancers performing enchanting dance moves in a variety of different settings.

Most of the images feature the dancers in everyday scenarios ranging from busy subway stations, coffee shops, serene lakes among many others.

“I am  inspired by this community art project “Dancers Among Us” by Jordan Matter. Centered around embracing life with enthusiasm and fevor,” says blogger Madeline Duyck.

“Taking one moment and experiencing the time you have with it to the fullest. Truly letting your internal fire or soul be expressed and then captured.  Let’s try and bring life to living,” Madeline added.

The images show the dancers levitating gracefully and powerfully in midair while others are shown en pointe in ballet shoes. The feature shows interesting perspective to everyday situations by adding bursts of beauty and life to the mundane.

The talented photographer embarked on his photographic endeavor after playing with his son and identifying a presence and passion seemingly lost among adults.

“The inspiration for this project came to me one afternoon as I watched my son play with his toy bus,” Matter revealed. “I was trying to follow the fantasy racing through his three-year-old mind, as he intensely played with a yellow plastic box and armless figurines. At least that’s what I saw.”

He wondered: “As we get older and wiser, what happens to this enthusiasm, this ability to be wholly present in the moment? Why are these pure moments of passion so often replaced by cynicism, boredom, and indifference?”

“As I played with my son, I thought about creating photographs that would show the world as if through the fantastical eyes of a child. The people in the images would be alive and in the moment, celebrating all aspects and emotions of everyday life.”

Matter managed to find the talented people in various New York landmarks, from the New York Public Library to Lincoln Center, subway tracks to coffee houses.

The subjects are shot in striking poses, which adds whimsy and life to the scenes around them.  Whether their arms or legs are outstretched, their toes pointed, their spines curved, or these professional dancers fall in line with the skyscrapers, fountains and park scenes around them.

“The essence of the subject material parallels the current state of our society…where people are finding an appreciation of smaller, simpler pleasures,” says the photographer.

“The images are infused with a humor and joyfulness that make the viewer feel good. The carefree nature of the work is a welcome antidote to the persistent anxiety that defines many people’s lives,” he added.

The book with Matter’s masterpieces will be released nationally by Workman Publishing in the fall of 2012. There was no digital manipulation used to create these images, just thousands of grueling hours of training!

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