Since becoming involved with photography in 1995, Steve Clarke has worked with dancers in action, practitioners of yoga, athletes, and performers generally. He considers his approach interactive rather than documentary—that is, his images involve collaboration and improvisation with the subject rather than documentation of previously-composed action. Clarke is particularly interested in exploration and discovery on the subject’s part, stimulated by the presence of the camera and the feedback and perspective that it provides. He is currently experimenting with the photographic process as a means of developing dance pieces for performance. He also organizes and produces a series of dance concerts called “Multiple Exposure.”
In recent years, Clarke’s work has been shown in various locations including the National Museum of Dance, Duke University, Wake Forest University, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Winter Light Gallery (Greensboro NC), Las Vegas Art League (Las Vegas NM), Halle Cultural Arts Center (Apex NC), Gateway Gallery (Winston-Salem NC), Litmus Gallery (Raleigh NC), FrameWorks Gallery (Raleigh NC), Through This Lens Gallery (Durham NC), and Lexington Art League (Lexington KY). Clarke’s exhibits often are accompanied by performances of the dancers who are his subjects. His book of dance photographs, Seeing While Being Seen, was published in 2004 by the National Dance Association. More work can be seen on the websitehttp://www.bigjumpsite.com. A book of yoga photographs, also to be published by the NDA, is in preparation for 2012.
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