Ballerinas may get all the press, but photographer Matthew Brookes focused his lens on the male dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet. Their portraits are featured in his upcoming book "Les Danseurs."
"There's not many male ballet dancers out there that people know of, but they know a lot about female ballerinas," Brookes said. "It was something that I hadn't seen much of and I thought it might be an interesting project to focus on the boys."
Brookes shot in black and white to accentuate the muscles and structures of the dancers' bodies.
In the photos, the dancers are depicting birds falling from the sky -- an image Brookes asked them to interpret.
"Neither of us had any preconceived ideas either in terms of dance or in terms of how things were going to look visually," Brookes said. "It's just like something happened, and I had the pleasure of recording it."
"I photographed them more like athletes than pure dancers," Brookes said. "It wasn't about so much the art of dance but more about the strength of dance. Their bodies are so indicative of bodies of strength and hard work."
A closeup of a dancer's legs.