These videos are in memoriam to my beautiful, late wife Gina. Gina loved to dance, and as I found out the very first time this shy, Catholic School girl danced for me at 19, that when she began dancing, her clothes did not stay on long. She said, it just made her feel 'free' and able to move to the music with greater feeling. Despite her slim, minimally endowed body, her shyness disappeared when she danced. The first dance she ever did for me, was Babatunde Olatunji's, 'Oya' (Primitive Fire), which was very erotic and primitive, as promised. She went on to become an 'exotic dancer', long before the advent of the pole and platform heels, but rather as an expressive art form, where the ladies selected and choreographed their own music. For Gina, the emphasis was always on body movement and interpretation, whether simple and soft, or erotic and primitive, and of course devoid of raiment!
Back in the early 1980s, when video tape was first released to the public for consumer use, I was among the first photographers to employ this great medium. Unlike today's digital technologies, video tape lost a generation with every copy and even the original tape would only survive 100 or so passes, before losing signal (dropout). So the quality of these early videos shows these signs, many of which cannot be corrected even with today's most sophisticated software. Many of the flaws are hidden by the use of special effects software. Working as a construction supervisor, I had access to model homes which were perfect venues for shooting both still and now videos. Gina being a dancer made the subject matter easy to decide. We did six videos this day, all using the music of the day, or classics she liked to dance to, all music was her choice. This first one is 'The Sisters' from the album Novella by Renaissance, which was quite a bit older even than this video itself, which is now over 33 years old, about Gina's age at the time of the shoot. Keeping in mind that the technology of the day was '8-track' cartridges, she would 'freeze' at every track shift, and wait for it to return before continuing, which was an accomplishment in itself, although unnecessary with editing.
This first of six videos in the 'Craycroft Series' is Crystal, Fleetwood Mac's classic. This was the first time I had photographed her dancing, since 1972.
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