Kim Taylor Reece captures dancer Mareva Minerbi frolicking in Italy in "The Eternal Dance," his latest book. Reece ventured from the hula photography that made him famous to shooting Hawaii's international dancers.
The eternal dance
I created "The Eternal Dance" as a step away from my classic images of ancient hula. After more than 25 years photographing hula kahiko, I wanted to create a new look for other types of dance. I always begin with gut reactions to my environment and people around me, not knowing where I will end up. Although it is against all business models to proceed without a goal, I can't seem to work my art into that box. I did not search out particular dancers. We came together, rather, through a bit of serendipity. Sometimes, meetings become beautiful works of art, and sometimes not. I respect their person and talent immensely, and when we have a meeting of the minds, the opportunity and a bit of sun, the results are tremendous.
Kamakoa Page of the Tau Dance Company gracefully tempts the tide.
"The Eternal Dance" features ballet and modern dance in a way that transcends boundaries of the stage and expresses strength and freedom. I wanted to use the elements that inspire me: open space, dance, passion. Creating this collection has allowed me to grow and push myself as an artist, to look at different aspects while maintaining my sense of style.
Hawaii is so beautiful in its many colors that it is easy to be distracted by them. I find that black and white can reveal more intimacy. Take away the blue of the sky, gold from the sand and azure from the ocean, and myriad aspects emerge. I love the way the absence of color highlights the subject. One becomes more aware of muscle tone, the point of the toe, the reach of the dancer.
My goal is to create visual images that amaze, that can be visited time and again, that are passionate, indelible and inspiring. That is my passion and my purpose in art.
Reece calls Charlaine Katsuyoshi, currently touring with "The Lion King," "breathtaking with each step."
Heather Haar of the Arizona Ballet.
Kim Taylor Reece's "The Eternal Dance" is distributed by Bess Press and available at most bookstores.