ST. ALBANS — Photography captures a slice of time. St. Albans-based photographer Wayne Tarr uses abilities honed over 40 years to capture an instant of movement.
Tarr said as the photographer, it’s fun to pull out moments of movement for study, which might get lost with the naked eye. “You’re hopefully revealing things that you just don’t see in a video or a movie or a live performance,” he said. “You see it, but now you get to study it.” Photos reveal the grace and strength of dancers, according to Tarr.
“Movement is a revelation,” he said. The photographs he selects to hang in galleries hopefully reveal how striking that moment it is or can be, he said.
Tarr began capturing movement as a freelance sports photographer for the St. Albans Messenger and photographing students every year during the gymnastics’ unit at St. Albans City School.
Now, he works with dancers from Ballet School of Vermont and Electric Youth Dance Company in St. Albans. Tarr said he likes to photograph all styles of dance, though tap and hip-hop are the most difficult.
“There’s such beauty in the movement and the gracefulness of it all,” he said. “The more I photograph it, the more that I am impressed about the dedication dancers give to the art of dance.”
“I just feel honored and privileged to have them move in front of me and give me the opportunities to capture them,” he continued. “The gracefulness and the athleticism of what they’re doing just astounds me. I’m just trying to do them justice and show them back the beauty of what they’re showing us.”
Tarr is now capturing movement below the surface. He first began tinkering with underwater photography as a camp counselor in his teenage years and was just reintroduced six years ago while mentoring a college student.
Tarr said there are many challenges to taking photos underwater: everything takes ten times longer, natural light isn’t typically sufficient below the surface, and finding a model that takes to the water like a fish is fun, but challenging.
To learn more about Wayne’s work and how he mastered his craft, pick up a copy of Tuesday’s Messenger or subscribe to our digital edition.