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Kelsey was the very first person on board for this project. She had such enthusiasm and quiet grace. Again, even though the temperature was in the mid 30’s, she was remarkably willing to climb trees, stand is wet grass, and find her way into a window pane. I couldn’t have asked for a more diverse artist.

January 3, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Alison - Wow. Robbie, you’ve done it again. Your images elicit a quiet, calm elegance that is duly magnified by the specific surroundings you chose. Have you considered a child ballerina for your next series? May not be very hardy to the 30 degree weather, but given the right model, could be very powerful.

merry holidays.

we didn’t do a fancy card this year.

but, if we did, this is most likely what it would’ve looked like..this is how you’ll find us most evenings…cuddled up in bed (robbie reading, me watching tv, and homer sleeping).

“may your days be merry & bright and may all your christmases be white.”

much love and peace.


l. + r. + h.

*robbie, homer and i will all be out of the office to enjoy some time with friends & family…we’ll return next week and answer emails & phone calls then!*


I couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic participant than Emily. Not only was she willing to travel all over the countryside, but most of it was done in bare feet. A truly accomplished dancer, many of her images portray just how strong yet elegant she is.

December 27, 2011 - 9:57 am

Carie - absolutely stunning!


To be perfectly honest, sharing the next series of images terrifies me. I’d like to think that a great deal of who Lauren and I are as people and what we value is reflected in our images. Focusing on the smallest detail, isolating an intimate touch, or getting as close as possible to a joyful moment, is a direct result of what we value in our own families and personal life. That said, when it comes time to share photographs that are not about someone else but instead directly about us, it can be a little intimidating. Over the next few days you’ll see several images of dancers in a combination of ballet, modern, and interpretive poses. The landscapes where these dancers are placed have particular sentimental value to me because they were all photographed in the small village of Gambier, Ohio, where I grew up. In fact, many of the remote areas are farmland once owned by my grandfather. The buildings in which these dancers were allowed are also part of my childhood and used with permission by Kenyon College.

I have such admiration for the dancers and all the people who helped to facilitate this project. In many ways, this is a tribute to the beauty and grace of my hometown, as well as a collective effort of remarkably talented athletes and gentle guidance of my beautiful wife. Without who, I would have never had the courage to pursue this personal project.

I give to you, Sarah.


January 3, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Phyllis Eberts - Absolutely beautiful, Robbie. The music in the movement and scenery touches the soul. Thanks for sharing.

December 20, 2011 - 11:14 am

Jessica Strickland - beautiful. in every way. such a sweet sacredness to it all, as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

December 18, 2011 - 8:02 pm

Melissa Carl - Beautiful post Robbie. …and I love the images. The hay is really cool.. Curves are nice. I like the delicate part of the images, combined with the beauty in the background. Very nice work.