Photographer Omar Z. Robles is back with more of his ongoing dance photography series, which depicts ballet dancers moving along the streets of cities around the world. This time, he’s made his way to Eastern Europe with a visit to Prague, where he exhibited his work as an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer and also made time for a photo shoot with local dancers.
This wasn’t Robles’ first time in the Czech capital; he’d visited more than 10 years ago and returned to find the timeless beauty of the city hadn’t changed from what he’d remembered. The biggest difference was within himself, as this time he was experiencing the city as a professional photographer.
“While Prague is extremely beautiful on its own, being able to visit the city one more time, with a different point of view and objective made me appreciate it even more,” Robles shares. “The rhythm, the colors, the textures and even the smells were all the same, yet I was able to perceive them very differently this time around. They had another meaning.”
Placing his dancers on the historic streets of Old Town, anyone who has visited Prague will instantly recognize the iconic Charles Bridge and winding cobblestoned streets that remind us of the city’s rich history. Robles even throws some breakdancers into the mix, bringing a hint of hip-hop modernity in between the classical dancers.
With the cold, silvery sky on display and the dancers dressed warmly and in shades of grey, black, and aubergine, it’s easy to feel the wintery spirit that permeates the work. It’s these subtle changes across each location where Robles shoots that pulls out the characteristics of the individual cities, a feat as stunning as the talents of the dancers themselves.