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I'd had the idea of a male dancer in pointe shoes ever since I'd learned that dancing en pointe originated with men and that the ballet world underwent some serious upheaval when women first donned those wooden-toed shoes. Finding the right guy for the shoot took a lot of looking and a lot of waiting. When I first met Wesley I knew I'd found my guy. But would he be willing to do something so completely out there?

Wesley's androgyny is something he owns and is at peace with and it blends seamlessly with his unabashed love of women. His answer to my request to work with him was an enthusiastic yes! Nude? Pointe shoes? Possibly a pink tutu? No problem. Wesley took the project on and made it his and I got the image that had been dancing in my mind's eye for ages.

I grew up with Degas' paintings of dancers all around me, so this image is in part an homage to him as well as an homage to those men who used to and still do go up en pointe. And perhaps too, an homage to my persistence and patience in finding the right person for the picture.
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mkphotog Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Wow.
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MT-000 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
beautiful story. and man.
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MT-000 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
And mix race people are truely special...
the most beautiful man i've ever known was of a Trinidadian mother and a Norwegian father. He broke my heart -_- 
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
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Marty4110 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
We are all richer for your patience and long wait.
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enterprisedavid Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
men should dance pointe
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3feathers Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Many do. Check out the Trocaderos online.
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enterprisedavid Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know them, i love watching them
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Louise-1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
I love this photo. I have wondered for many years why men do not dance en pointe. I've always wanted to see it.
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3feathers Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
If you ever have a chance to see The Trocaderos go for it. It's an all male ballet troupe and many of the guys dance en pointe. They're amazing.
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Louise-1 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Thank you for that info. I will definitely check them out!
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Pointeman1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wonderful image! And delighted to see more of men as men in pointe shoes and not having to perform in drag.
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3feathers Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you. And yes, my working with men en pointe for this series has nothing to do with men in drag as the discipline originated with men and I'm simply exploring that reality, which has become largely forgotten.
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Pointeman1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
You Are More Than Welcomed. You work is most refreshing and it sets some history straight. Just glad to see men dancing en pointe without having to do so in drag. Best To You!
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Eitansun Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! :wow:
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DigitalPhtoArt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
beautiful!
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Achello Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous!!
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Luciieee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing shot. Great lighting and even lovelier model! I love Degas work!
His work came to Cyprus in an exibition and my art class went. He is truly amazing.
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CATtheMinion Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   General Artist
i agree with reveur59. quite a compelling piece.
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Breeze1212 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Love your work.
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
fabulous! did you know the Kansas city gay Men's bal. dances on point and have been doing this sins i think 1980's. its a powerful Image and one again i have to say that your backgrounds are fantastic. i think its your landscaping that makes me love your work so much. the rich and subtle texture combined with the beautifully soft tones of gold and greens that you so often employ really speak to my soul. i can't wait to read the reviews on your new book as well as to get a copy for my self. good luck and i hope you sell a many copy.
Paul
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Izzie-Kikue Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   General Artist
This is by far the most meaningful piece to me for personal reasons which I'll briefly post here. The model, in this photo, appears to be of Asian decent who wears his hair in a sort of Japanese geisha style. The attire he wears is Caucasian ballet slippers. The photo, at least as it appears to me here, combines the East with the West in such a brilliant way through the art of dance. The thing is, in Japan's history during the mid - late 1600's young male dancers were used in drama dance, known as Kabuki and usually after their performance on the stage they would service both male and female customers as prostitutes. I see here two cultures brought together in which I am connected. I am Asian / Caucasian. This piece is brilliant.
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3feathers Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're absolutely right. His mother is Japanese and his father anglo. His mother was born and raised in Japan and moved to the US after marrying Wesley's dad. When we first started shooting his hair was down but I asked him to just pull it up for a few minutes and wow, look what happened! He wasn't using a mirror and he wasn't trying to style it. That's just what happened naturally from pulling the hair up out of the way. When it's down it comes to his waist - one of the most beautiful heads of hair I've ever seen on a guy. I'll have to post some pix of it down.

I have photographed a lot of Eurasian actors and models over the years and am always completely blown away by how consistently beautiful they are. It borders on being a fetish for me. LOL!!
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beachelf Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
:iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz: Bravo!
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rickster155 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant!
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secretplanet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
it's perfect from concept to finished product, this one!
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3feathers Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! I love when that happens.
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kachicache Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Great concept, beautiful photo!
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another show of classic style and form to have such a skill as dance is an Amazing and graceful thing once properly trained! And to do it nude uninhibited shows confidence Awesome shot!
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3feathers Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
The one thing Dale doesn't lack is confidence, which is one of the reasons I wanted to work with him. He's absolutely amazing, no doubt about it.
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well like all your shots it truly payed off Amazing and dramatically!
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reveur59 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
There is something fascinating about this image. At first glance et see a woman, the shoes, the hair, he is delicate and sudenly we see that he is a man and a very manly one very well endowed. Beautiful !

Pat
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3feathers Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yes, and that is exactly why Wesley was the perfect choice for this project. Some days I feel so lucky to find the beautiful people to work with that I do.
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reveur59 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Hope you explore more with him.

Pat
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Solus-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful.
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3feathers Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you Mike.
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pyraqua78 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
FYI, I learned ballet en pointe.
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3feathers Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow, how cool is that. I've never dared even try, but am not above asking my models to. LOL!
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