When the Dance is Done

For a long time I have wanted a pair of pointe shoes to use as a prop, but not shiny new ones, instead shoes that have been used and used hard.

Luckily it turns out I know people who know people, and I took possession of this pair a couple of days ago.  Today I was inspired to sit down and spend some time shooting and editing.

As soon as I saw this image with all the fabric detail I *knew* this had to be a Black and White image.


  1. Shot with my 100mm macro lens for wonderful detail
  2. Processed in LR and then with Nik Silver Efex
  3. Over to PS to have a black film emulsion texture added
  4. Added the text layers and grunged them up a bit to blend in

This needs to be seen BIG to fully appreciate all the lovely fabric and editing details.  So many ideas for using these shoes – who else has Pointe Shoes – what do you do with them?




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14 Responses to When the Dance is Done

  1. Cool idea and splendidly executed. My daughter owns a pair, I need to play with this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Sue says:

    What a lovely study of these shoes!

  3. leecleland says:

    Beautiful, and I would have missed the type if you hadn’t mentioned it. The morning glare on my computer hits the screen obviously at the wrong angle right now 🙂 It really does need to be seen large the detail is gorgeous.

  4. desleyjane says:

    Oooo I want some now. This is such a lovely shot. And definitely needs to be black and white. I don’t know if it’s my screen but the text is almost too light to read? Love this.

  5. Maysa Rose says:

    Lovely photo shoot!! I am a ballet dancer, so I have many pairs of these shoes (that are used down hard!) When I am finished using a pair, I typically use them as decor, save them, or transform them into something new… I never thought about doing a photo shoot with them; I think I will experiment with a few photos. This is a great idea and a great post!! 🙂

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