Step­ping up

A dancer him­self, Rim­baud Pa­tron has the knowl­edge that en­ables him to cap­ture the grace and ath­leti­cism of bal­let

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My in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy be­gan in my teen years while us­ing a point-and-shoot Lu­mix cam­era on hol­i­day. I only re­ally got into it when my par­ents gave me a Nikon D5000 for Christ­mas. That’s when I started to teach my­self pho­tog­ra­phy. I was liv­ing and study­ing bal­let in Lon­don, go­ing out with my cam­era and learn­ing a lot through trial and er­ror. I was an en­thu­si­as­tic shooter with not much ex­pe­ri­ence, and what bet­ter place than Lon­don to try your hand at dif­fer­ent styles?

Bal­let pho­tog­ra­phy was al­ways in the back of my mind, but I never did much of it un­til I met other bal­let dancers who were also pho­tog­ra­phers in their com­pany. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I pho­tographed my friends at school dur­ing re­hearsals and when­ever I could to im­prove, and get bet­ter im­ages ev­ery time.

And that’s when I joined Scot­tish Bal­let, three years ago now. The com­pany was very help­ful and will­ing for me to pho­to­graph the other dancers both in re­hearsal and on stage. I was grab­bing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to shoot and was get­ting good re­sults, though I had quite some trou­ble get­ting the D5000 to give sharp re­sults in very low light sit­u­a­tions, which are very com­mon in bal­let. I de­cided to up­date my kit and I never looked back.

Bal­let is as much an art as it is a sport. As a pho­tog­ra­pher

01 The cru­cible Nikon D4s, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO16000

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