Bronze / 2016 / Advertising / Catalogues

Le Petit Prince

  • Prize
    Bronze in Advertising/Catalogues
  • Company
    Barbara Cole Photography
  • Photographer
    Barbara Cole
  • Credit
    Barbara Cole Photography, Michael Levine, Designer, Guillaume Côté, Choreographer, Dylan Tedaldi and Tanya Howard, Dancers.

Commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada, Guillaume Côté Principal Dancer and Choreographic Associate adapts Le Petit Prince for world premiere full-length ballet this June 2016. Renowned theatre/opera/ballet designer Michael Levine brings to life the story of the aviator who encounters in the desert the enigmatic Little Prince and learns of his travels through the universe and of the illuminating people he has met. Mr. Levine, who has followed my underwater photography practice, thought I might be a good fit for the stills. Shooting these dancers underwater is very similar to the experience of floating in space – just a little more accessible, created in a backyard pool.

Figure transformation has been a predominant theme in my work. Over the past thirty years I have been operating as a painter but employing traditional photographic tools.
I rework this canvas with a toolkit that includes clouds, reflections, plastic sheeting, cloth-encased figures as well as aperture, shutter speed and artificial lighting.