Powder Shoots -- Why I Won't Do Them

People have been asking why I’ve never done a powder shoot, and why I don’t offer them.  


The reason is pretty simple and can be explained in two words:


Chemical Pneumonia


From WebMD:


“In chemical pneumonia, inflammation of lung tissue is from poisons or toxins.  Many substances can cause chemical pneumonia, including liquids, gases, and small particles, such as dust or fumes, also called particulate matter. Some chemicals only harm the lungs; however, some toxic materials affect other organs in addition to the lungs and can result in serious organ damage or death.”


As a dancer, you are performing for my camera.  Most dancers, even those in top physical condition, breath pretty hard during and after a performance, including when they are performing for the camera.


And they are doing so in the midst of a cloud of powder -- “particulate matter,” which they cannot help but breath into their lungs.  


Even small amounts of particulate matter can cause chemical pneumonia.  


Chemical Pneumonia can kill you.  


I don’t want to see anyone get sick.  I don’t want to get sick.  So I play it safe, and steadfastly refuse to do powder shoots.  I might lose some business, but for me, that financial loss is a whole lot better than having a dancer get seriously ill over shooting a photograph.  


You can -- and I suggest you do -- read more about the subject here:  




If you more questions or concerns, consult your family physician.


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