He Runs Around Airport with Ballerina and Puts 10 Minutes on Clock, Beautiful Pictures Follow


Can you imagine checking in at the airport, getting ready to depart for a grand adventure, when a ballerina in a giant tutu does an arabesque off of your suitcase?

Believe it or not, that is what some travelers at Miami International Airport in December experienced.

It was all part of photographer Jordan Matter’s 10-minute photo challenge, where he has just 10 minutes to capture beautiful photographs in everyday places.

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In this particular challenge, Matter ran through the airport with ballerina Em Marie to strike the perfect pose amongst travelers.

Donning a white tutu, the ballerina and photographer are “incognito.” Okay, maybe not.

“Alright, I want you to do an arabesque and I want you to buy a ticket,” Matter tells Marie.

She runs over to a man checking in for his flight, and gracefully lifts her leg up behind her as she balances on her pointe shoe. Within seconds, Matter captures a beautiful photograph.

“Ok, you’re right here and you’re freaking out,” he says and leads her to the flight information board. “Have you ever been, you know like how sometimes it’s just delayed?”

Marie perfectly strikes another pose while looking at the information board, acting like she’s extremely frustrated over a delayed flight.

A police cart pulls up, and Matter asks if Marie can have a ride “for her birthday,” though it really isn’t the ballerina’s birthday.

She climbs on and the photographer instructs her to put her legs up with her pointe shoes hanging over the seat in front of her.

They continue to sprint through the airport, capturing more shots much to the amusement of the other people around them. Matter even has Marie tuck toilet paper in her shoe.

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My personal favorite shot depicts Marie waiting in line with a bunch of other people, but she is sitting on the ground looking impatient.

It is amazing to see Matter’s quick thinking in action as he creates beautiful photographs out of a seemingly ordinary situation.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Prescott, Arizona
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