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Photographer captures the ballerinas of Puerto Rico in magical photo set

“I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance” – Friedrich Nietzsche. New York City-based photographer Omar Robles traces his roots to Puerto Rico, and found himself visiting recently due to his grandmother’s diminishing health.

He’s been hard at work on a remarkable photo series of ballerinas in New York, Mexico, and Cuba, and he seized the opportunity to shoot in his hometown.

Courtney Stohlton @courtneystohlton #OZR_Dance | #🇵🇷💃

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The mime-turned-photographer once told The Huffington Post: “Like mime theatre, photography [is] an amazing nonverbal communication medium… Yet it allowed [me] to capture fleeting emotions and tell a story for a much longer time than mime theatre could.”

“Ballet dancers make us feel as if their movements were truly effortless. This while pushing their bodies to the very extreme of what is humanly possible. It is that grace and elegance which mesmerises us.”

So long 🇵🇷! See you next time. Vianca Palacio's @viancaepalacios #OZR_Dance | #🇵🇷💃

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Spoken like a true artist. But this recent shoot and trip to Puerto Rico tugged on Robles’ heartstrings a little bit harder, with vivid memories of home painting the backgrounds of his subjects.

He opens up about the trip and reflects on home in this blog post, which also features more photos and a short behind-the-scenes video.

Camila Maylee @_camilamaylee #OZR_Dance | #🇵🇷💃

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For more of Omar’s work, visit his website or follow him on Instagram.

Via My Modern Met

About the author

Filipino writer who calls the road home, eager to tell the stories of the world—from sea to summit, small towns to big cities, cultures old and new. Enjoys drinking IPAs while watching his favorite sports teams lose. Minimalist.

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