Anna Ulman is a photographer based in Marbella, Spain, who captures the ethereal beauty and elegance of dance in stunning portraits of performers in motion. Her dynamic portraits are usually captured among striking coastline views and cobblestone streets, which provides a lovely background for her shots while inspiring the movements of her subjects. Sometimes, dancers effortlessly become a part of the urban environment, posing gracefully in street attire. At other times, they pose in leotards and pointe shoes on beaches, making the soft sand blend perfectly into their dance. The flashes of the sand, as well as the dancers’ hair, create a truly magical effect.
Ulman has always been a lover of outdoor shooting. She states that she likes to take creative pictures of interesting moments. When she came across an image of a ballerina flaunting her flexible body and elegant movements in the middle of the street, Ulman was taken by surprise. This made her realize that the combination of her photography skills and the talents of a ballerina would create limitless possibilities to make unique and breathtaking art.
Photographing performers in motion is not at all an easy task. Although it’s fun, there are numerous challenges that come with it. Therefore, Ulman surely plans her photographs ahead but still leaves room for spontaneity and naturalness. She admits that although she prepares in advance, the best ideas usually come to her unexpectedly. So, check out the gorgeous pictures below and share your thoughts with us in the comments. You can follow Anna Ulman on Instagram and TikTok for more of her work.