Always A Dancer: Tap

by | Aug 23, 2016

I met Walter Fields a few weeks ago. He’s been dancing for 77 years. SEVENTY-SEVEN. I can’t even wrap my mind around that. Talk about the epitome of always a dancer!


As soon as I met him, I knew I wanted to have him be a part of my project, but tap is one of the hardest dance forms to capture in still photography. He agreed, on the condition that I figured out how to make it work.

I loved the challenge, but was scared I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. After all, a friend had asked about doing tap pictures almost a year ago, and I still hadn’t figured out what to do. A library might have been cool, but what library would let me take over for an hour or two?


Then I knew exactly what I wanted. A few days later, I went back to see him and told him about my ideas.

He was game, so all I needed to do was find a mother with a young baby. As soon as that challenge was figured out and she agreed to it, we set everything up. I brought my kids along, and they were the perfect finishing touch to the shot.