[Georgetown Steam Plant Museum].
With its high, echoing spaces, Rube Goldberg construction and beautiful old brass instruments, the Steam Plant was a spectacular space for an after-hours photo shoot, by arrangement with the City of Seattle, which still owns the building.
Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers, the seven dancers (Jim Kent, Justin Reiter, Kyle Matthew Johnson, Lara Seefeldt, Mia Monteabaro, Thomas Phelan, Tory Peil), videographer Day Kol and Kim & Adam Bamberg and Molly Magee of Bamberg Fine Art Photography climbed up to catwalks and danced (or sidled) across perilous bridges far above the floor of the plant or along the labyrinthine passages below.
Exciting, exhilarating—and scary. “I can’t believe I climbed up so high!” says Kim Bamberg. “Still a little shaky.” The results, video and still, will be revealed at Out on a Whim.
That was Monday. On Wednesday night from 7 to 9 at Olivier’s house, another photoshoot focused on each dancer individually.
The setup was a huge blank sheet of white paper on a frame to provide backdrop and ground. There was lots of technical talk about equipment and lighting and how to shoot—deploying the softbox that provides a diffuse even light, the pros and cons of shooting with a ring lens, where the dancers and photographers should stand. Once the preliminaries had been sorted, it was a fun and funny evening, the dancers in boisterous spirits, yummy Thai food provided, and Lara Seefeldt’s little Evelyn joining the fray as to the manner born.
Olivier marveled at how quickly everyone adapted to the spirit of the occasion, conveying different emotions as required, enticing the camera to record their unique personae. And to everyone’s amazement the shoot was wrapped at 9:02. Some 3000 images were shot that evening. Over the course of the current season, a series of dancer portraits will be unveiled—stark, humorous and achingly beautiful.