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Gotta Love Europe!

Sep 28

In Upcoming Events at 4:37am

Very honored to have two shows going up this fall in Europe, in Copenhagen and then later in Stockholm, at festivals called Fotomassan. The organizers just sent me the notices about the show, and their choice of a select from the group of images that will be displayed.

Needless to say, it’s been my experience that over in Europe they’re, well, a little more blase’ than we are here in the States about showing human architecture. Which of course is one of the specialties of the wonderful dance group, Pilobolus. Really have fond memories of working with them, and trying to show the marvelous constructs they can make onstage, just by using their amazing, articulate bodies.

I really pushed to include them in a story I did for Nat Geo about human performance, which was largely a celebration of the athletic body. How fast, how high, how far we can push the human form were the central questions of the story. But, I argued for including dance in the coverage, submitting to the editors for their consideration the notion that the artistic expression of the human body found in the world of dance was profound and significant. I can’t recall if they agreed or not. I think I just went ahead and did it anyway.

It also brought me full circle, in a way. Very early in my career, I had the privilege of working with Moses Pendleton, one of the co-founders of Pilobolus. and now the creative director of Momix. He was whimsical, gifted and spontaneously creative in front of the lens.

The world of dance remains such a wonderful partner to the camera. More tk….

25 Responses to “Gotta Love Europe!”

Simon Anderson says:

on September 28, 2012 at 4:39 am

Inspirational photgraphy of the highest quality.
Love your idea’s and creativity.

Michael Dam Hansen says:

on September 28, 2012 at 4:53 am

Hi Joe,

Where and when are you showing in Copenhagen?

Reine says:

on September 28, 2012 at 4:58 am

So cool you are coming to Sweden and Stockholm! Already looking forward!

Jesper Vang Skærbæk Jensen says:

on September 28, 2012 at 5:03 am

Joe, we welcome you to Copenhagen oct 26-28 :-) Hope to see you there

Robert Qvist says:

on September 28, 2012 at 5:19 am

Woah! Are you coming to Fotomässan in Stockholm this November? That’s some exciting news!

Donfer says:

on September 28, 2012 at 5:27 am

Thanks for sharing as always :)

JeroenW says:

on September 28, 2012 at 5:37 am

Bad news for you Joe, in both countries beer is rather expensive!

Peter Kirring says:

on September 28, 2012 at 6:32 am

Guess it just isn’t ment to happen… When I was going to Photokina two years ago (in time to see your show) my plane was cancelled. When you were last time in Copenhagen, I was in Norway. And this time I’ll be in Rome.
I wish you a great stay in Copenhagen though – and we’ll meet sometime :-)

Łukasz Cyrus says:

on September 28, 2012 at 6:51 am

Although I am a European, I do love your works :)

Heather Ogg says:

on September 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Wow BEAUTIFUL to say the least. Incredible strength and beauty.

rc says:

on September 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

woohoo! Pilobolus

rc says:

on September 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

This is one of Jenn’s favorite groups!

Bob Redd says:

on September 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

Love the image of Moses.

Joe McNally says:

on September 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

But very worth it!

cesar jaranilla jr. says:

on September 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

hi guys!
thanks for this sharing as a part of my circle. hope you’ll never change and you well update me any time all the time.

have a blessful day ahead of you>

thanks alot!

Jesper Vang Skærbæk Jensen says:

on September 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

@Michael Dam Hansen, Joe will be at Fotomessen, oct 26-28. It will be in Forum Copenhagen.

Karen B says:

on September 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

So enjoy your “dance” images and appreciate this amazing group.
The sarcastically whimsical “blow it out your ear” shot is priceless!

MARIO NARANJO MOLINA says:

on September 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I hope you come down to the south of Europe – Andalucía – sometime. You´ll be surprised of so many good photographers in this area of the world… but so forgotten. It´s a pity.

Chris E says:

on September 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Cool pictures Joe! I heard earlier this summer that you will come to the fair in Stockholm, so I really look forward to see and listen to you there!

Michael Dam Hansen says:

on September 29, 2012 at 2:00 am

@Jesper Vang Skærbæk Jensen,

Thanks Jesper, just read your blogpost… nice. ;-)

callmebob says:

on September 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Best meal in my entire life was in Copenhagen in 1992… thinly shaved salmon – it was amazingly tasty – made lox and bagels seem dull by comparison. Great photos of the dance group – great combination of body tones all integrated together…

Hilde Jordbruen says:

on October 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

wohaaa! Copenhagen is in my reach!! Looking forward to this! :)

Jojo Mamangun says:

on October 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

Can’t agree with you more. Awesome, awesome work.

And yeah, Momix is something extraordinary.

emelie / seperti says:

on October 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

Hi Joe! Will we se you in Copenhagen on Saturday? Hope to se u =)

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