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Tribal Markings Sessions at Cues and Tattoos

clock March 11, 2011 06:32 by author Amber

On Saturday, March 26th, and Sunday, March 27th, I'll be at the Seattle Center House in room D for Cues and Tattoos with sessions available for belly dancers who would like to contribute to the project.

Tribal Markings is a photo project and book, show casing belly dancers and their backgrounds while exploring the relationship the dancers have with their tattoos. I want to meet with at 50 or more belly dancers from across the country and from all walks of life and dance styles, to find the commonalities of experience and the unique perspectives each provides. The end result is a book filled with the wild beauty and touching stories from the women and men of the dance.

If you are going to be at Cues and Tattoos and you have tattoos, I would love to talk to you about your tattoos and your experience with belly dance. Sessions take about 50 minutes from the interview through the end of the photo session. For your time, you'll receive a copy of all of the finished photos from your shoot in either an electronic archive (ZIP file) or on a PhotoDisc.

Signing up is simple. Please send an e-mail to info (at) stopped-motion.com with your name, your three preferred times. To make sure your e-mail doesn't get lost, please use the subject line: Tribal Markings at Cues and Tattoos.

The scheduled time slots for Saturday are:

  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm

The scheduled time slots for Sunday are:

  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm


The Philistines

clock January 19, 2011 06:29 by author Amber

Friday night at RustyCon 28 saw a performance from Nathaniel Johnstone and Philistines. They were joined by the wonderously talented Sarah Kate and Letty Noelle of Copper Clock Belly Dance.

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In the back row, Nathaniel Johnstone, Libby Bulloff, Mel Mayden, Jes Brown, Jean-Paul Mayden.
In the front, Letty Noelle Limbach and Sarah Kate Moore.

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Copyright 2011, Stopped Motion Photography. www.stopped-motion.com

Copyright 2011, Stopped Motion Photography. www.stopped-motion.com

Copyright 2011, Stopped Motion Photography. www.stopped-motion.com

Copyright 2011, Stopped Motion Photography. www.stopped-motion.com

You can view all of the photos from Friday Night at RustyCon here.



Markings: Jessica Sokol

clock November 1, 2010 00:36 by author Amber

Jessical Sokol has been belly dance for about 13 years, starting her journey with cabaret style belly dance before finding her footing with American Tribal Style belly dance and settling into tribal fusion. Six tattoos that she designed line the column of her spine like a monochromatic totem pole, filled with markers of who she is, what she believes, and, to an extent, what she's done. Unlike a lot of dancer that I've spoken with, she hasn't changed, regretted, or really outgrown any of them.

The rest of the posted photos from Jessica's shoot are over on the Kickstarter project for backers of the project.



Tribal Markings

clock October 6, 2010 20:16 by author Amber

Tribal Markings Image, Copyright 2010-2011, Stopped Motion PhotographyTribal Markings is a photo project and book, show casing belly dancers and their backgrounds while exploring the relationship the dancers have with their tattoos. I want to meet with at 50 or more belly dancers from across the country and from all walks of life and dance styles, to find the commonalities of experience and the unique perspectives each provides. The end result is a book filled with the wild beauty and touching stories from the women of the dance.

Belly dancers decorate their bodies not only with costumes and jewelry, but also with ink. Each adornment is the piece of history; a story to be told and a gem of art.

Each belly dancer is interviewed and engaged in the conversation of their tattoos and the journey they are on. Questions asked and stories told become quotations in the margins. Anecdotes get fleshed out. As a thank you, every belly dancer who are interviewed and photographed will receive digital copies of their photos, either on a Photo Disc or in the form of a digital download.

If you are a dancer and you would like to be a part of this project, we ask that you fill out the dancer questionnaire.

See all items about Tribal Markings.

Here are the belly dancers who have contributed to the project so far:

Hands of Kali (coming soon!)
Jessica Sokol
Lady Dragonwing (coming soon!)
Melody Anderson
Morrigan Aria
Nancy "Icy" Brown
Tayissa Blue



The Students of Skin Deep Rock Beacon Rocks

clock July 19, 2010 20:56 by author Amber

Different kinds of shows require a different kinds of results. When I shoot play, there are times I can almost predict where the action is happening and where it's going to go so I can get the shot when it happens. Shooting a live dance performance can be another beast all together and American Tribal Style belly dance, a form of belly dance built around group improvisation, is no exception. Of course when you trade out theater lights for the harsh rays of the sun, capturing that perfect photo becomes that much harder.

On July 11th, I had the honor of following the Students of Skin Deep around with my camera as these talented rocked the Beacon Rocks street festival.


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Looking back in time

clock June 2, 2010 13:07 by author Amber

One of the things I love about my work and photography as a whole is how you capture this memory, a moment in time. For everyone outside of the opening and closing of the shutter, that moment is gone only to be remembered imperfectly. With a camera, I can preserve those moments. Sometimes, I can create memories that never were.

Recently, I began trolling through the Stopped Motion Photography archives. Holy cow, there are a lot of photos in there and you can see where the where the learning curves are. Here are a few memories from the past, both real and imagined. [more]

Murder most foul! When I think of belly dancing, death and mayhem are not the first things that come to mind, but the "freaky dancer broads" of Skin Deep Dance provide a wonderously entertaining blend at this show. This photo was taken during their April 2010 performance. If you want to see this first hand, and I highly recommend that you do, you can catch the show at the Orient Express resteraunt in Seattle's SODO district.

The Kirkland waterfront at dusk. Sometimes it's a memory you want to share of nothing in particular. I took a walk by Lake Washington in late January, 2005. One of the things I love about Seattle are the very mild winters. Even with the temperature in the 50's, not a lot of people were out and about. In one photo from the series, not the one displayed above, was a couple sitting on the end of the pier. The were laughing and embracing each other, shown in profile against the setting sun.

 This production still from "Reassurance" by the Brothers Mitchell at Dead Tree Pictures. This photo always reminds me of the South Park episode where Cartman extolls the hows and why of creating an album cover photo.

This photo, of Nathaniel Johnstone and the Brazillian Surf Mafia, was shot at the Columbia City Theater in October of 2009. I remember listening to a story on KUOW, our local NPR station, about how memory works with regards to music and that simply remembering a song causes a response in the brain nearly identical to actually listening to the song. For me, the photos I shot that day echo the music I listened to ever time I see them. What's more is that band's performance was recorded and a live CD of it was released. The music, by the way, is absolutely fabulous and you should go out and buy the disc. Which means hunting down a show in which Nathaniel is performing with his band or with friends outside of Abney Park.

Thank for taking this walk with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.



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