adjective: kinetic

1. of, relating to, or resulting from motion.
(of a work of art) depending on movement for its effect.

Artist statement:

I became interested in the possibilities of kinetic movement through pure serendipity. I was in Times Square in New York photographing behind the scenes images for my friend Jordan Matter late one night in March 2016 for his Dancers After Dark project, and I watched how graceful and beautiful that the dancers movements were as they fluidly lept through the air hitting each jump. In that moment I wondered aloud to myself if it was possible to visualize the beauty and awe of the movement in a still image.

Shortly there after in April 2016, I began my journey to explore the idea by forming a new series that I call Kinetic. I contacted several dancers, and I began to experiment with ghostly movements, multiple exposures, still gestures, and light painting. The result became an experience where we explore locations in and around NYC to see what spaces can become, and how we can incorporate movement.
I am looking for 200 volunteers of all styles and backgrounds of dance for collaborative sessions until late August 2017 when I plan on wrapping up shooting for the project as my goal to start post production for the final presentation of the book that will be available for pre-order November '17. You will be posing, jumping, kicking, climbing, and adventuring!

All dancers are advised to bring 2-3 dance related outfits (one with bright color, one with monochromatic tones, and the third of your choice). Sessions often happen after dark due to controlling the light that is involved in the process of making these type of images.

Thank you for taking a moment to view my work, and a big thank you to all of the dancers and assistants that have graciously joined the project to help bring the vision to fruition so far for this project!

To volunteer for the project, or for media related inquiries please contact: Thank you!

UPDATE April 16th 2017
Hello everyone! I am excited to announce that I have officially reached 101 dancers for Kinetic! I would like to reach 200 dancers by the end of August '17 when I plan on wrapping photographing for the book. If you are a dancer or know of a dancer in or around NYC, please contact me. I would like to photograph YOU for the project!
I am also excited to share that I have started a brand new Youtube channel at to share behind the scenes footage of the process. Check out the videos and please don't forget to like and subscribe!
Thanks so much to all of the amazing dancers that have joined my project so far! and a special thanks to my amazing assistants, Kate, and Madeleine who have been working around the clock with me to make this happen. I look forward to meeting 99 more dancers to reach our goal, and to sharing the process with everyone out there!

FAQ and Commonly Asked Questions:
Q. Uh, dude, what is Kinetic?
A. Kinetic is an exploration of the energy of dance and how they can be visually captured and portrayed to communicate.
Q. Why are you shooting Kinetic?
A. I am interested in moments that could be in dance and all of the in between moments that can be captured instead of the absolute perfection to create a communication. In a time where everyone is posting what they define as "perfect" images to social media, one of my goals with Kinetic is to embrace the imperfect and show that it too can also be beautiful.
Q. If I volunteer, what do I get out of volunteering?
A. Great question. I as the artist send you a final web resolution digital copy of any works that will be used for the book upon completion of editing. Anything that is not used for the book or other displays will be promptly deleted as this is a very specific long term project.
Q. Can I post images that you send me on my social media or website?
A. Certainly. The only thing that I request is that you please tag/credit Charlie Naebeck as the photographer and mention the project anywhere that you share it.
Q. When does your book come out?
A. See the update above. I will be putting the finishing touches on photographing for the book as of August 2017.
Q. Uh, dude, there are naked people in your work....
A. Yes, movement is not limited to clothed individuals. There are some brave souls that are willing to pose nude for the sake of art.
Q. Why are you posting still images of what you call gestures and videos that you are calling Kinetic?
A. For me, not all images have to show movement. Dance movements can be subtle and still also. Video is also a new exploration for 2017 that I am embracing to attempt more different ways of visualizing the movement.