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March 12, 2012
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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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