Stunning portraits of dancers by Alexander Yakovlev

Studio photographer Alexander Yakovlev takes jaw-dropping portraits of dancers as they sweep across the photo frame or stand in intense stationary poses. In some shots, he uses flour to highlight the direction of their motion, letting it create a cloudy trail behind the figure or allowing it to fall like snow to the floor around the dancers. The resolutely focused dancers showcase a variety of dance styles from ballet to break-dance along with some standing poses where their twining muscles generate all the electricity of the composition.

The Moscow resident formerly graduated from the faculty of law at the Russian State University for the Humanities. But his talent at capturing the raw emotion of dance through photography is undeniable. Particularly, his flour-filled portrait “The Big Bang Theory” is garnering viral attention. [h/t]