Who Knew There Were So Many “Dancers Among Us”!

Believe it or not, Jordan Matter didn’t start out with a camera in his hand. Instead, his dreams involved 216 stitches on a hard white ball, a leather glove, and visions of knocking ’em out of the park. When baseball didn’t pan out, the next logical choice? Acting, of course! Being in and around beautiful people in elaborate settings runs in his family—his grandfather was a famous photographer, dad is a talented film director, mom is a former Ford model—success runs in the family.

Matter, who was living the dream as a successful actor, wasn’t interested in carrying the lens around his neck until an exhibit by another world-famous photographer awakened in him something he didn’t know existed. Kismet! What started as a passion grew into a bustling career, and in 2009 Matter began work on his Dancers Among Us project, in which he photographs “professional dancers in everyday situations throughout America.” Watch for the book from Workman Publishing, due out this fall. Via Feel Desain

[quote] I attended a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and I knew immediately that I had found my collaborators. Asking dancers to embody these ideals makes perfect sense. Dancers are storytellers … They create a fantasy world, offering us a deeper look into familiar settings. They bring to life what we feel but are unable to express physically.” [/quote]