E Komo Mai! Welcome to my blog.
This also, I would imagine, make reading this blog more convenient for you as well. If you are a grandparent interested in seeing photos and hearing stories about my boys, but maybe not so interested in my bellydancing obsession: you can just read what goes on in The Playground. But if you are an Art Collector more interested in my latest work and information on collecting, but not especially interested in my personal life: you'd enjoy The Office. Mauna Lea Manor is sort of the foyer to all the other rooms. If you would like to tour my online portfolio, please visit: www.stephaniebolton.com.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
For almost a decade, the insightful lens of Pixie has captured the essence of the performer and created some of the defining images of the lucid dreamer in the modern world.
She has toured with numerous bands documenting life on stage and off, but it is in the studio where the veil between model and photographer dissipates. Her inner dialogue as a photographer is a dance between the character of her subject and her perception of their desire.
Pixie holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and her work has been featured worldwide in publications including Variety, Pulp Magazine, Playgirl, Metal Edge, Complete Woman, Skin & Ink, Modern Drummer, Revolver and Rolling Stone.
In photography, I've found a way to make people happy... besides the creativity, this is what I love most about it. The feedback seems to tell me that I make people feel better about themselves, love each other more... If this is my life work, I accept it.
"Make me look beautiful..." a mother of four asks of me as we find poses, angles and fabric to hide her size. Her friend writes me secretly days later how much the shoot meant to her, how desparately she wanted to FEEL beautiful, not just look beautiful. I saw the pleading in her eyes the moment I met her. We both turned it into fierceness... It is both of us working through fear... that is the psychology of photographing people...
My fear is easier to sort through... Will this person let me in? Will I capture that moment that she is brightest? Am I making the most out of a set, out of lighting and angles, of colors, props, clothes? Their fear is one of exposure... Each person gauges instantly what they will show me, what they will hide behind.. A big showy smile, wide scared eyes... Almost all of my clients begin a shoot this way, always with held breath. They all need permission to drop it, to be themselves, to shine... Tapping into people comes natural to me. I try to break down barriers faster with each successive shoot.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Unless I really want to get into it with some one, I just say it's ancient feminine dance form:) For the longer explanation please get back to me on a cool breezy afternoon with a bottle of wine and cheese!
Let's see...when I was 18 I went to the Evergreen State College to study Odissi, a classical Indian dance form, for a summer intensive. I had a hippy boyfriend at the time getting his degree there in ecological design. Anyway we lived in a tent in the forest for three months. It was an awesome experience! I danced Odissi for 4 hours three times a week, I have never had sore thighs like that since! I know it's not a belly dance experience, but my desire to learn Odissi and not being able to find a teacher in Honolulu is what then led me to find belly dance, so I guess it's all connected.
We once got hired for a gig not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into, when we got there it was a raging house party with a stripper pole in one of the rooms. There were a lot of trained dancers in the house cause their pole tricks were definitely not armature! So when we were doing our set the host found out that it was one of my girls birthday that night. Right in the middle of or performance he got on the mic, stopped the show, put a chair down in the center of the performance space and made every guy in the room give her a lap dance!! And they all did! It was crazy and definitely one of the most memorable performance experiences. After her round of lap dances we finished our set...
nope not really, I got two kids and take care of my grandma who had a stroke.
Gosh I'm always busy!! I'm currently serving on the MEDAH board this year as Vice President so that is really taking up a lot of my free time. MEDAH is a non-profit dedicated to educating the community about Middle Eastern Dance. So we do a lot of community based events. We just held the annual student recital which was awesome. And in October we will be sposoring Dr. Jaynie Aydin for workshops and a hafla. Jaynie is an old friend and one of my first teachers who fallowed in the foot steps of her teacher Aisha Ali and got her doctorate in Anthropology. She is currently in Turkey working on a video archival project documenting all the Romani dances. So I'm very excited for her workshops! You can check out more on MEDAH at http://www.medah.org/.
I love belly dancing cause it fuels my soul in a way that nothing else can. It keeps me inspired and thriving in life.
Black & deep red!
"Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." -Martha Graham
Shoot lady! I would have to write an essay to really answer this question! Bob Fosse is a dance legend and his work in Cabaret, All That Jazz, Chicago, and Sweet Charity are among my favorites! We tend to fallow the trends in the Tribal Fusion dance scene and Fosse fusion has played a big role in our community. I would say watch the musicals and movies he's choreographed and discover if it inspires you and how that inspiration can be injected into your bellydance.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
a little burnt sienna & raw umber make the esence of henna
What Inspires YOU to Dance?
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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