Somersaulting Trampolinists Rise and Fall in Director Steve Harries' Reflective Short
The elegant movements and athletic prowess of five twirling trampolinists are captured in photographer Steve Harries’ new short film, ahead of this weekend’s trampolining World Cup Series event at China’s Taiyuan City. Inspired by German photographer Andreas Gursky, American minimalist Robert Morris’s Mirrored Cubes, and the typography and graphics of British vorticist magazine BLAST, Harries constructed a floating set to capture the multi-perspectival reflections of the bouncing athletes. Performing up to 7.5 meters in the air—shot from a tall camera tower beneath a rig suspending the set, mirrors and lights from the ceiling—professional gymnasts Nathan Bailey, Kat Driscoll, Bryony Page, Emma Smith and Steven Williams’s bodies were broken up into fragmented forms and motions by a bank of six mirrors. “It was always really important that these mirrors existed somewhere that was ambiguous, but also that you could see they were in a space,” explains Harries. “It was a set suspended. We could control the way in which the mirrors were angled to abstract the movement as the athletes passed through them.”
STATS FROM ON SET
Number of athletes
Height of camera tower
Height of mirrors
Height of the studio
Distance from mirrors to camera
Distance from athlete to mirrors
Adidas, Calvin Klein Collection, Raf Simons, Sunspel, Wolford, Y3.
Bespoke clothes made for the shoot
Six gymnast leggings, six gymnast shoes, and 12 sports vests designed by stylist John McCarty with patterns made by Fiona Ransom.
Hair products used
Five elastic bands, 25 hairpins, Bumble and Bumble wax.
Soundtrack on set
Average number of bounces, per athlete per take
See the magic behind the scenes at Steve Harries' gymnastic shoot in our Facebook-only video, here.