Charlie Naebeck (2014)
I became interested in the possibilities of kinetic movement through pure serendipity late one night when I was in Times Square in New York photographing behind the scenes images for my friend Jordan Matter for his Dancers After Dark book. Jordan kept freezing the dancers movements perfectly in each image that he made, and in that moment I paused and asked myself the question in my mind of what that image would look like if it were captured in movement instead of frozen? Shortly there after in April 2016, I began my journey to explore this idea by forming my Kinetic series. I contacted several dancers, and I began to experiment with long exposures, multiple exposures, gestures, and light painting. The result became the experience of what it means to visualize the movement of dance in non-traditional space in an abstract form, and is now available as a book.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.