It’s a celebration of the outrageous, the unlikely — and courage to say yes.
Dancers After Dark is an amazing celebration of the human body and the human spirit, as dancers, photographed nude and at night, strike poses of fearless beauty.
These photos illustrate the hard work and the dedication it takes to succeed in dancing, acting, photography — or really any creative endeavor that at first may be incredibly frightening or make you feel vulnerable, but once achieved offers an exhilaration previously unimagined. The pictures were shot over 200 nights, with 300 different dancers, in more than 400 locations, in all kinds of weather.
Each image highlights the amazing abilities of these artists — and presents a core message to the reader: Say yes rather than no, and embrace the risks and opportunities that life presents.
There is no obvious reason why any of these amazing performers would volunteer for this project. It was frequently very cold; it was usually late; it was dangerous, illegal, exhausting, and, of course, they’re naked. Yet they still said yes. Why? Because they shared my belief that if we leap, the net will appear. Often in life we have to run toward our goals blindfolded, trusting our instincts to guide us. These images represent our willingness to throw ourselves into the streets without fear of failure. Doing so led to beauty and exhilaration we could not have imagined.
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