Powerful Acrobatic Portraits of Parkour in Motion


New York-based photographer and videographer Ben Franke captures the beautiful, acrobatic movement of parkour. The photographer followed New York City free runners, known as tracers, for a few years, documenting their athletic prowess as they freely roamed about the urban streets with a zest for life. Finally, he decided to take his personal project to the next level by producing a collection of dramatically captivating portraits of these athletes for his series titled Parkour Motion.

With a Canon 5D Mark II in hand, equipped with a 24-70mm lens, the photographer took some stunning shots of these urban athletes engaging in gravity-defying stunts across the concrete jungle. To further highlight their agile skill, the photographer used flour to artistically trace their vibrant motion. Franke's intent with the project was to present a series of portraits similar to those that praise dancers for their physical accomplishments and present the elegance in their action. The photographer says, “It's a challenge for any photographer to convey authentic movement in a photograph – as it's a 2D medium – but my series Parkour Motion attempts to translate motion by displaying the energy and power of these athletes.”










Ben Franke website
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Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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