by Tristan Rayner in New Photography on Wednesday 4 September 2013

This incredible photography series by Jordan Matter illustrates the unbelievable talent of ballet dancers. Composed of random situations in well-known and beautiful locations, the elegance and skill of the dancers contrasts starkly with their mundane background. [Our readers did a Facebook Q&A with him. Check it out here]

It’s an amazing tribute to the skill and grace of this beautiful and elegant art form.

Like this? Check the next post in this series: Athletes doing random stuff.

UPDATE: We had the chance to talk to Jordan recently about his popular work, here’s an excerpt from our little interview.

Where did the idea for Dancers Among Us come from?
The inspiration came to me one afternoon as I watched my son, Hudson, playing with his toy bus. He jumped in place, mouth open and slapping his knees, joyously reacting to a world I couldn’t see, but one powerfully present for him. What happens to this enthusiasm, this ability to be wholly present in the moment? Why are these pure moments of passion so often replaced with cynicism, boredom, and indifference? As I played with my son, I thought about creating photographs that would show the world as if through his eyes. The people in the images would be alive and in the moment, celebrating all aspects and emotions of everyday life.

Shortly after playing “bus”, I attended an extraordinary dance performance, and I knew I had found my collaborators. Dancers are storytellers. They’re trained to capture passion with their bodies. The often create a fantasy world or offer us a deeper look into familiar settings. They bring to life what we feel but what most of us, lacking their artistry and athleticism, are unable to express physically. I spent three years shooting dancers around the country, and I was humbled by their enthusiasm for their craft. I would tweet and Facebook when I would arrive in a city, and dancers would volunteer their time to pose for me, often traveling several hours to participate.