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New Project! | Dance Warriors

I’ve launched an exciting new dance photography project. It’s an artistic response to political and social issues, in collaboration with dancers across the country. The project is called Dance Warriors!

In the last few years, like many people, I have become more tuned in to what is going on in our country and in our world. As I’ve become increasingly aware of political and social issues, I have strived to make change happen. However, I’ve also felt overwhelmed and helpless at times. It seemed that every day I would wake up to another tragedy and it was difficult to focus my efforts. What could I alone do to make an impact?

At the same time, I started to feel less creative and less motivated to make my art. I knew I needed to do something to respond to what was happening around me and dance photography had to be the medium. I began this project to shed light on political issues that affect all of us.

I started by reaching out to dancers who wanted their voices to be heard. In most cases, the dancer chooses an issue they feel passionately about. Each session highlights a different issue, expressed by the location and the dancer’s movements.

So far, I’ve photographed three dancers for three different social and environmental issues. And in three different cities too! Here’s a sneak peek at the Dance Warrior series to date. If you are a dancer who is interested in participating in Dance Warriors, please email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com with the issues you are most passionate about and a photo of yourself dancing.

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Jessie Westbrook in Denver – Oil Industry

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Anna Rogovoy in New York City – Gentrification

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Kelleigh Harman in Chicago – Climate Change

Dance Warriors

Kelleigh on Climate Change

Anna on Gentrification

Jessie on the Oil Industry

Andrea on Holistic Health

Karlyn on Sexual Assault – coming soon

Want engaging dance photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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Mike’s Passion Project | Broomfield Portrait Photographer

My boyfriend, Mike, has been working on a big, ongoing project to motorize and automate his 8 inch Orion telescope. He got the telescope when he was 8-years-old. He brought it with him to college, where we would have stargazing parties and he would show all our friends Jupiter and the moon. And eventually, he brought it to Colorado, home of some of the darkest skies in the country. This thing is his baby and now, he’s helping it grow up.

He’s using an Arduino to program motors that will move the telescope to the right point in the sky and then move it with the rotation of the earth. That means, we can take really awesome nebula photos when it’s done!

One of the steps in the project was to make a remote that can tell the Arduino what to do, so he decided to solder one together. This is a project he is really passionate about, so as a Broomfield portrait photographer, I thought it was important to document it. I don’t want either of us to forget all the work he’s put into it and how excited we are about the finished product.

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Is there a big project you’re working on? Is there someone you know who is really passionate about their hobbies? I would love to make photos like these for you too.  Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me what you’re passionate about at jamie@jamiekraus.com