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