[Over 13 days, from December 20-January 2, we will be publishing the best live performance photos or promo shots of the year. We began choosing them by considering the 50 Pictures of the Week we published in 2013. The most difficult decisions involved cutting that down to ten photos and two runners-up. However when it came to deciding Picture of the Year, which we'll reveal January 2, the decision was obvious almost from the moment we originally published the photo. As we show you each photo in this holiday series. we will also share with you what we wrote about it at the time. Enjoy! and help us spread the word about this magnificent art form: performing arts photography!]
The leg belongs to dancer Brianna Ray who is featured in The Collectors, choreographed by Brett Owen and running at the Winnipeg Fringe. The photo, however, is by Kendra Hope Penner who has mastered the art of the "defining image". The lighting is raw, yes, but the composition of the image - the triangle from toe to the edges of the pile of shows - is bang on. She breaks up symmetry with the placement of the central subject, but also by using the skewed stairs as background. Bottom line: you look.