Photography

The Art of Breakdancing

Is breakdancing art? Probably not, but these pictures do a great job of pretending it is. 

Breakdancing ranks somewhere between parkour and full-contact mixed martial arts in the 'looks cool but we'll clearly never partake' stakes.

It's just one of those activities that lends itself to photography; it's so hypnotising that even Jean Baudrillard was captivated by it. The French philosopher said it was reminiscent of Chinese opera, comparing the end of the dance routine to "digging a hole for themselves within their own bodies, from which to stare out in the ironic, indolent pose of the dead." Which is exactly we'd say about it, if pushed.

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We don't know if Kevin Chen felt the same way Baudrillard did, but he did decide to take pictures of himself breakdancing in artistic locations. Shot in California using instagram (natch), the series is titled 'instabreakin'. We would say don't try this at home, but something tells us you won't be attempting to pop and/or lock on the edge of a cliff anytime soon.