Side-By-Side Photos Reveal Stunning Connection Between Ballet Dancers and Blooming Flowers

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

Dance has always been a big part of Yulia Artemyeva‘s life. The photographer spent the majority of her childhood and youth involved with ballet. Thanks to a clever photo project, Artemyeva was able to relive memories of her youth as she created a series that juxtaposed ballet dancers and flowers.

The innovative black and white photographs place graceful dancers next to blooms that appear to mimic their movements. It's a wonderful display of how art and nature are more connected than we think. Artemyeva first photographed each dancer, asking them to create different, dynamic movements. Then, the real challenge came—finding a flower to match the pose. The Russian photographer often went through multiple samples until she found the exact gesture that she was after.

While the first clear comparison between the dancers and flowers is the graceful pose, there are other symbols to be found within these images. Both flowers and ballet dancers are quite fragile, in the sense that professional dancers see their careers end while they are quite young, just as flowers lose their petals quickly.

In creating the work, Artemyeva hopes that people will learn to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them and to stimulate them to look deeper during their daily lives for this beauty. “Try to look at the world through the eyes of a child,” she tells My Modern Met. “It is important to rediscover it every day!”

Personally, the work brought her full circle from her days of dancing as a child. “With this project, I lived this part of my life anew,” she confesses. “This photo project is a therapy for me, it closed the Gestalt. So the inspiration came from the memories of the past.”

Yulia Artemyeva's innovative photo series compares ballet dancers and flowers.

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

Poses of Ballet Dancer and a Flower Compared

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

Each dancer is paired with a bloom that mimics her movements.

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

Side by Side Photo of a Ballet Dancer and a Flower

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

Black and White Photo of a Ballet Dancer Mimicking a Sunflower

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

Ballet Dancers and Flowers by Yulia Artemyeva

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Yulia Artemyeva.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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