What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Crazy Feet



Darian Volkova

When I spotted the photo above, I had two thoughts. 1. that is the most perfect ballet foot I’ve ever seen, and 2. her poor knees are going to have so much to say to her when she’s fifty!

These are the wonderful, painful, visceral photos by St. Petersburg ballet dancer-come-photographer Darian Volkova. The dancer started documenting her daily dancer’s life for her own amusement, but her photos caught the interest of the social media world. At least now she knows what she’s going to do when she can’t dance anymore. I have known a lot of dancers who really struggled with that question, and I’m happy for Volkova.

When I tried to go to her website, my virus software went crazy, so I’m not going to link to it. Her Instagram, however, is safe and fantastic. Enjoy!

All images property of Darian Volkova.


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Crazy Feet

  1. The pic at the bar in front of the arched window is beautiful.

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  2. I love the shot of all the worn soles on the ballet shoes, real reminder of how much work it is!

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  3. Wonderful documentary photographs. They capture the beauty and the agony. As someone who cannot even walk in heels, I wince seeing the curvature of those feet.

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  4. Stunning photos. But all I can think is: OUCH!!!!! Talk about sacrificing for one’s art, huh? Ay yi…

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  5. I can’t stop watching them. They are beautiful!

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  6. Beautiful. “Soul 9” was taken in the Harpa Reykjavik (National Opera House) if I am not mistaken.

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  7. The flexibility involved in some of those photos make my body cringe at the thought of having to mimic one of those positions. But the photography is just amazing. How beautiful!

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