Kiraly Saint Claire is a movement artist. Yoga is an integral part of the Caribbean-born, London-based dancer, photographer, filmmaker and consultant’s life. He has a profound appreciation for bodies in motion that is reflected in his stunning photographs of dancers, models and yoga teachers (including yours truly – did you spot me?)
Kiraly took the time to share his thoughts on photography, yoga, comfort food and London life.
Q & A
How did you get into photography?
I wanted to stay creatively active after my dance training at Trinity Laban. I bought a camera using my wages from working the aisles at ASDA and used my sister and aunt as models to experiment with ideas I saw on America’s Next Top Model. It’s been a self-taught journey, learning through trial and error, with the help of the odd YouTube tutorial. I’m still developing my voice as a photographer but enjoying the ride as I have no idea where things will lead, nor do I have any expectations.
What is your ethos as a photographer? And what makes a great subject?
‘Have fun and embrace the beautiful mistakes.’ It’s great to shoot with someone who likes making funny faces and isn’t afraid to step out of the box. I’m always dancing on shoots and having a laugh as I think my best work happens when everyone’s having fun. With a background in dance I’m drawn to the composition, shape and movement of a subject within the frame.
How did you get into yoga?
I started yoga by chance after getting a job at a Bikram yoga studio whilst training as a dancer. I went into my first Bikram class and literally thought I would die from the heat. After class I grabbed a sandwich and I could have sworn it tasted ten times better, so I went back to test the theory and that’s how it all started.
What impact has yoga had on your life?
I did some morning yoga classes while creatively assisting on a dance production in India. There was something quite spiritual about being in a class with dancers aged 50 and over who religiously did yoga every morning. Seeing how it kept them physically fit way beyond the estimated ‘dancer expiry age’ was an inspiration and a testament to the importance of connecting daily with our bodies. Yoga has helped me through a few knee injuries that have come with my career as a dancer and has saved me money on massages. It’s also a great supplementary form of exercise to my work as a dancer.
What do you most value?
Spending time with people who positively influence my life. Knowing I have a core group of friends/family who make this journey of life an exciting, spontaneous bundle of laughter and memorable moments far outweighs any material possession I have.
What’s your Favorite thing about London?
It’s a multicultural melting pot with endless possibilities of connecting and working with people from around the world.
What’s your comfort food?
For now, drifting and discovering new things that inspire me. With regard to my photographic work, my immediate goal is to continue working on my ‘Bodies Of Diversity’ project, and hopefully progress to a gallery exhibition and book for the project.
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