My long time friend, talented and beautiful Tara Blue, sat patiently while getting full white make up airbrushed all over her face and body. Simultaneously her hair was being sculpted by Naomi Maisey owner and stylist supreme of the The Corner Salon in downtown Calgary.
Tara Blue and I have a great history behind us because we have worked together since our careers really began. The first time I photographed Tara was in 1988, I had just moved back home from working as a resident photographer at the Banff Centre. I asked Tara to send me a few words to add to this post to reflect on our long relationship and explain more about her art form as a Living Statue.
Here is what Tara Blue so kindly wrote:
“You are the first photographer I ever danced with…How lucky am I? And I feel so lucky, grateful, honored and blessed that through the years as my career progressed (And your career Blew up! LOL) that I can call you, you will take my picture, we have a lot of fun, and there’s always a new discovery, and a wonderful new image.
I never expected all the different paths dance has shown me through the years: Producing, education, performance, you name it, dance took me there.
What I love about Living Statue now is: 1. It’s a collaborative performance between you and the people watching you. No barrier, no filter. 2. Life experience is definitely an asset on that box
3. The possibilities are endless!”
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