Pole Dance / Sport

Pole Dancing Photography has strangely enough been a specialism of mine from about 2008 onwards.  I know it’s an unusual specialism, and for many red-blooded males it would be a dream specialism, but for me, and the reason I carried on doing it for so long, was because this was just me, trying to capture my sporty friends, doing what they did in the best light possible, regardless of how much or how little they wore.

This was because In 2006 I took up pole myself for the fitness aspects (as you can appreciate below, it requires a lot of body strength and flexibility).  At that time it was still the relatively early days of pole dancing for fitness and popularity in the UK, and it was even more rare for guys to be involved.

I worked hard though for about 2 years,, before unfortunately illness forced me to retire from the activity.

As a result, after those two years I was already known within the pole social circles for being genuine, and so because I was also a photographer, people started asking me to arrange shoots with them.  And then I was being invited to the various events and competitions around the UK.

Because of my background, I could predict the move before the performer fully got into them.  As a result, I could compose the shots before they reached full extension (thus being able to avoid chopping off their foot or hand out of the shot).  I could also appreciate the different types of move, and therefore know how some could easily be held for a while, whilst others would be very much momentary.

Pole dancing now has many areas, from the ‘stripper style’ very much based on its origins in the strip clubs, to the athletic sport that many groups are now trying to get into the olympics.  Classes are attended around the world by people of both genders, from all ages and body sizes.   Most people do very much attend the classes purely for fitness, and in many cases, attending for years!

Below is just a very small sample of the ranges of pole dance events and shoots I’ve been involved with:

I was very lucky with the lighting on this image of Faye Chatterley, especially with the uplighting on a member of the audience gazing at the performance.
I was very lucky with the lighting on this image of Faye Chatterley, especially with the uplighting on a member of the audience gazing at the performance.
In this image, the resulting winner Maxine (Maria Betts) was just completing the final part of a ball drop from the top of the pole. It was great to get the expression of the audience within this one too.
In this image, the resulting winner Maxine (Maria Betts) was just completing the final part of a ball drop from the top of the pole. It was great to get the expression of the audience within this one too.

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the-walk

red-scarf

fishnets

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World Pole Sports Champtionships

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look-back

For a larger collection of pole dancing photography images, taken by Jason Parlour at various events, competitions, showcases, and shoots, please check out my blog posts for pole dance events.