A glance beyond the obvious
Paul Jung’s signature style can be seen quite boldly in this series, which he photographed inside the rooms of a New York-based full-service studio named “Root”. It is a style which omits all the unnecessary, and focusses on the essential. In this case Jung took a closer look at the shapes of his technical equipment and compared them with the elegant moves of the two dancers, Samuel Lee Roberts and Jacquelin Harris. He kept his images nearly monochrome and photographed his characters from behind in order to concentrate on their forms and movements.
It is a style which omits all the unnecessary, and focusses on the essential.
In an interview for Root-Blog Paul Jung explained his inspiration for this project: “When we first talked about this project, I thought that if we are speaking about what photography and ROOT studios is about, then it’s not just the content, but also the support around the shoot,” says Jung. “So even the smallest details can be considered just as important. I think it was great to see [the equipment] on the same plane and importance as the dancers. They all become, lets say, a part of a set of brushes for an artist to use together.”