Visual story telling: A month in the life of Diane Miller   – To see photographs

Diane Miller (24) is the director and lead instructor at Ringstar, a studio dedicated to supporting and promoting physical, circus, and theater arts in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is especially skilled at aerial silks and stage combat fighting.  Diane and her fiancé, Chris consider themselves to be naturalists.  They spend all of their time at home in the nude; having a wood burning heater and living in a home surrounded by acres of woods allows them the privacy to do so.   Diane explained her parents’ contempt for her, due to the fact that she is a naturalist, is studying circus arts, instead of piano, and that her fiancé is “older than her father.”  Chris (51) is divorced with two children, 10 and 13 years old.  When the kids visit, they censor themselves, of course.  Diane is very open about her life, and allowed me to gain access quickly. Her hard work, juggling the roles of a housewife, performer, and businesswoman amazed me.

This was a difficult project for me due to the subject material.  I have never worked with anyone like this before, however, I found myself adjusting, and allowing myself to explore the camera through Diane and Chris’ story.  There was a lot to fit into their story, because it is so complex, however I think I did a good job at condensing everything.  I would have been nice to hear more from Chris.  Definitely a great learning experience.


About Nikki Horowitz

Nikki Horowitz, a native New Yorker, is currently a senior BFA Interarts Performance major at the University of Michigan, enrolled in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design. She is an inspiring creative artist, focused on photography, videography, art directing, directing, producting, journalism and film/theatre production.

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