Adphoto's Senior Photographer G-nie Arambulo has recently been featured on Ballet Manila Archives, a website blog about ballet in the Philippines. Here are some excerpts:
Dancers in motion are possibly among the most difficult subjects to photograph. But it’s precisely getting to capture their movement through her camera that challenges award-winning advertising photographer G-nie Arambulo.
In her spare time, G-nie enjoys thinking up of concepts that she can collaborate on with dancers. Recently, she was able to schedule a pictorial with four Ballet Manila company artists to execute the latest installment in her personal pet project.
The dancers – Rudy De Dios, Dawna Reign Mangahas, Gerardo Francisco and Katherine Barkman – each took their turn before the camera, doing a pre-arranged set of steps as advised by BM assistant rehearsal master Jonathan Janolo. They also gathered for an unconventional group picture.
For the solo shots, G-nie used available lights and a flash technique to seemingly track the dancer’s movements which appear in a blur, until each one reaches an end point – seen as a clear, still image of the dancer obviously in motion.
“It’s one frame, one continuous exposure,” notes G-nie who is grateful that her boss and mentor, John Chua, allows her to use the Adphoto studio for her “experiments.”
In fact, Mr. Chua even posted the results of the recent pictorial on his Facebook account, saying how proud he is that G-nie can execute an idea which she had been practicing for weeks.
See full article here.