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English National Ballet at Unity Arts Festival, by Stuart Saunders

1 May 2020

I was asked to cover the Unity Arts Festival at London City Island. My client was the developer for the island, and part of their scheme included construction of the new English National Ballet building. Myself and a group of festival attendees were given permission to attend a demonstration by a couple of the dancers as part of the weekend's festival.

To be honest it all made for really dull pictures; ballet dancers and choreographers answering questions etc, not very photogenic but shot as part of the festival coverage. The room however had great potential, surrounded by an opaque white cladding that flooded the studio with natural light and the words English National Ballet plastered to the outside of the building (albeit written backwards on the inside). At the end of the 'demo' the dancers were milling about, so I simply asked if one of them would strike a pose for me in front of the backwards signage. I managed a few frames before the PR looking after the dancers put a stop to what was going on. But I got the shot I needed, and my client asked if they could flip it so that the words were legible.

The photograph got a fair bit of coverage for my client, English National Ballet and the arts festival… Job Jobbed.

Stuart Saunders has been a photographer for the last 22 years and has captured images for newspapers, PR companies, advertising agencies and magazines. He says; "I love what I do, it's not going to change anytime soon… I own and operate www.digitalnationphotography.com covering all sorts of assignments for anyone that wants them covering."

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