THE JOY OF STARTING OVER WITH DANCER-TURNED-PHOTOGRAPHER KANE BONKE.
What made you make the leap into photography? After spending my life in the entertainment industry, there really was no question that I would continue in a creative field once those days were up. I took some time out after my last contract and thought heavily about what made me want to get up in the morning. Obviously being creative was a big point but I have always loved dissecting photographs and creating my own stories. Plus, I have always loved creating beautiful shapes as a dancer, so I decided to put them all together and pick up a camera.
Where did you study? I’m studying now! I am a very mature-aged student completing my Diploma in Photo Imaging, in Melbourne Australia. I will be finished at the end of this year. But being a creative, everyday life is a learning process.
What’s it like being on the other side of the camera? I love it. I think as a creative person, we are born this way. So anyway to get your message outside of your head is a blessing. I loved performing all my life, but I am happy to not be the subject and to be creating the subject at this stage in my life. I think that since I was once a performer, this gives me an appreciation and respect for the talent in front of the camera. I think this will be an advantage I take into photography.
What inspired your latest work? Obviously my love for dance and what the human body can do. Dance is Universal, it’s beautiful, it’s chaotic, it’s healing. I suppose in a way, this is my first work that I am showing, and I suppose it’s a gentle transition from my last career to the next. It’s a homage to my former life and my love for dance. It is almost releasing my former self into my new self.
What have you learned about yourself through this process — from concept to creation? That mistakes are sometimes your friend and not only can you learn from them but they actually may lead you to where you should be going. To always do what you love and surround yourself with other talented people. I would never have gotten these shots without the talented dancers who worked with me. I trusted them and was able to let go of being in control. I said dance and they did, while I worried about everything else. So I learned that nothing is ever completely wrong and always surround yourself with talented trustful people.