A corner in a dance studio in Hammersmith, London. I took a great many photographs here – most of them of dancers as they perfected their routines, but sometimes my eye was caught by an arrangement of objects and furnishings as in this picture. Even in the early eighties much of the decoration was old fashioned and idiosyncratic, but at the same time charming and nostalgic – the standard lamp, the long playing records, the framed photographs on the wall – even the slightly ominous weighing scales.
Having gained permission to take photographs at a dance studio in Hammersmith I found myself almost overwhelmed with subjects. As I had set myself the brief to document dancers, this photograph of a sturdy old gramophone, rubber plant and the plaster cartouche on the wall was a sort of aside. The same dance studio appears in Exhibits 7, 17, 52 and 85 and will no doubt appear in future posts as I went there on several occasions and took a lot of photographs.
Another photo from the series I took of dancers. This picture doesn’t quite make sense as the woman on the right seems to be dancing alone, but really she is shadowing the moves made by her partner and the dance instructor on the left. The second picture (below) is of the couple whirling past me at high speed while another couple dance in the background