To Dance On Sands: The Photography and Art By Alexander Yakovlev
To Dance On Sands: A woman has always been a mystery! The fascination that accompanies the woman’s body through centuries doesn’t fade. The fragile structure of a female body, its gentleness and beauty tell a never ending story of inspiration and love. The art explores the woman’s body and uses it to express the different kinds of feelings and emotions or to make powerful statements that are used to provoke opinions and thinking. Russian studio-dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev combines the beauty of a female body with a diminishing nature of flour. Flour here is a symbol of fading and vanishment, like the beauty itself. The author uses it as a meaning that nothing lasts forever, like the flour shapes that form themselves in the movement of a female hand and they vanish as the beauty of a woman. The forms that appear are captured in a moment and they become frozen in time – the essence of beauty that can last for an eternity.
He uses flour to express and to accent the graceful movements and to create an atmosphere of mystery, almost a mist that surrounds a woman’s body, emphasizing its beauty but also its diminishing nature. His new photo series “The Mirages” immortalizes the art of dancer’s movements and makes powerful expressions and messages that sometimes convey even aggression or rage or simply the captured grace of a woman dancing. On some pictures of Mirage series you can almost touch the desire of the dancer that wants to set her body free or the passion in their limbs. You can notice in the pictures, that the author didn’t emphasis the faces- they are almost identical, leaving the viewer to feel the universal message that he tried to convey. The author, Alexander Yakovlev, was born in Moscow where he graduated from the faculty of law at the Russian State University For the Humanities, however, it can be clearly seen that his true passion is dance photography.
The dancing art is as old as the human civilization.Some of the oldest archaeological evidence of early dance include the paintings from India that are 9,000 years old. It is presumed that before the written languages were invented, the dance was an instrument that was used to pass the stories down from generation to generation. Up until this day, the dance art is still popular. People are naturally inclined to movements. Sometimes, it doesn’t have to be a dance as such, but funny things that you can do by yourself. One of those things, that all of us did in one point of time ,when you are on the beach, is to dance on sands. Dance on sands can be performed by anyone and it still can be fun and entertaining since it brings positive feeling and emotions of joy and happiness. Dance on sands can be beneficial to all people, especially older ones, since the sand is softer, gentler foundation. Dance on sands, besides being funny, can be a beneficial thing for your health since the particles of sands gently massage your feet. It is the best way to feel the soil beneath your feet, to connect with the nature and to release your inner spirit. However, dance on sands can be also a form of professional dance.
Dance has always been a form of connecting people, allowing a gentle touch while performing a dance. Dance on sands can be a truly wonderful experience especially when you are captivated by the romantic atmosphere of the ocean view and you have your loved one near you.You can be really inspired by the photographs of Alexander Yakovlev and you can try to be the artist yourself. Instead on flour, you can dance on sands. Exploring our inner artist with a dance on sands, can be an expression of beauty and emotions as Alexander Yakovlev has demonstrated in his photography.