To me, dancing is part of a little child’s nature, so much happiness, so in tune with beautiful music, whether heard or in her imagination. I knew my niece, Deborah, would be wonderful to paint in a tutu, so I supplied the costume and she supplied the modeling. I caught this view while she was sitting on a coffee table looking at TV and rolling a ball. As her hand dropped, releasing the ball, I pressed the shutter. The TV furnished a nice main light and a room window light filled in delicately while I brushed in dark tones around the figure.
A five by seven black and white print I made in my darkroom titled, “Bit O’ Ballerina” was awarded best black and white print in the Florida Camera Club Council 1963 Annual Competition. For “Ballerina Dreams” I added the doll and slippers. It is obvious that the model was the winner.