Poetry from the evidence

This is the greeting card I’m sending out for 2014, taken at the Théâtre de la Pleine Lune this summer, on a full-moon night when Malavika Klein danced Bharata Natyam for us. It is a dance I had no experience with, a dance so rich in imagery, a real poetry expressed through the human body.

I look at it and think about what I want from my photography, what I want it to contribute to the world. Magic comes to mind. Moments of magic. Like when Robert Frank, in the November 1951 issue of Life said, “When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”

And when Jay Maisel said, “There was a phrase that Arthur Miller used – ‘I’m trying to create the poem from the evidence.’ I’m not trying to change anything that’s in front of me, I’m trying to give it respect and I’m trying to call attention to it.”

I want my photos to be a place you want to spend time. A space of grace and light. And if I see these qualities where someone else does not, I hope I can be an effective translator.

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2 Responses to “Poetry from the evidence”

  1. Hayden de Maisoneuve Yates Says:

    Dani,
    Could you forward this urgent message to Malavika, please? Thank you.

    Malavika,
    Est tu la soeur de Nita Klein? Je ne sais pas si tu te rapelle de moi, mais j’etait le cineaste qui ta filmer au Theatre Jean-Louis Barrault a Paris en ’85, avec Pradeep Kar. Ecrit moi si tu peut.

    Amitier, Hayden

  2. Danielle Voirin Says:

    Hi Hayden,
    Yes, she is Nita’s sister. I’ll pass along your message. :)
    Dani

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