Riga through the eyes of a dancer
In this special photo series professional dancer Lauma Berga and I worked together in Riga to honor this beautiful city.
Lauma's incredible talent and spirit was the first thing with which she got my attention. Then I learned that we have a special connection because of our home countries and the country we live or have lived in: Latvia and Holland.
Born in Riga, Lauma started her dance studies at Riga Choreography School. Already as a student and aspiring dancer she participated in many international competitions, festivals, performances and summer schools. As a result of which she was invited to join and graduated from the Dutch National Ballet Academy in 2013.
Her years in Holland made her fall in love with this country and especially Amsterdam. After dancing with the Finnish National Ballet and the Hong Kong Ballet, Lauma is now back in Riga. Where she teaches other aspiring dancers, give adult classes, and performs as freelance dancer. And, luckily for me, participates in different projects.
Inspired by a photo series from several years ago of ballet dancers in the streets of Havana, I started to work on a plan to do this very personal project in the streets of Riga together with Lauma. Since the city is my new hometown it has concurred my heart forever and while shooting, Riga has shown again all of her beauty. Doing something so different from my other work as a documentary family photographer has been challenging but also a dream coming true.
Also I'm very happy to announce that from January 29th 2021 the photo series will be shown at the Rīgas Jūgendstila Centrs. More information about the exhibition will follow really soon.