DYNAMIC FIGURES IN NATURE

Around 1979 I began to create a series of avant-garde short films in collaboration with a group of friends. We made several surreal "dance" movies using a stop-motion animation technique called pixilation (people animation). With the human figures moving in mysterious ways around the landscape, the technique utilized created a hauntingly beautiful effect. One of these films, Mirage, can be viewed on the EARLY FILMS movie page. In addition to the process of filming the scenes, I also shot some still photos. Several examples are included here. Pictured are the lead performers Mark Daniel, Diana Lim, Ben Averill, Cheryl Kapell, Erica Fletcher, and June Monteforte. Click on any thumbnail image for a larger view in its true proportions.
Dancers perform at Ferry Bluff overlooking a river

BALANCE

Surrealistic image of figures in a windy field

WINDY

Four figures leap simultaneously in a magical garden

JUMP

A lone figure jumps majestically in a natural backdrop

LEAP

Two dancers perform a classic pose in a beautiful garden

CLASSICAL

A powerful lift pose for a pixelation dance

LIFT

Dancers spin in a beautiful garden

SPIN

Visionary image of transparent figures by Joel Fletcher

ETHEREAL

The duality of male and female mysterious figures

DUALITY

Male and female figures between Earth and sky by Joel Fletcher

EARTH AND SKY

Dancers pose in a natural environment

MIRROR

The attraction of opposites peformed by dancers in a garden

GRAVITATION