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Pirouetting prima ballerinas. Petal pink tutus. Piles of threadbare pointe shoes. Darian Volkova (@darianvolkova) has her #EyesOn ballet. “Ballet is truly a diamond in the crown of my motherland,” the St. Petersburg, Russia-based 26-year-old says. “I’m ballet addicted — there is a ballerina Darian, a ballet photographer Darian and a ballet-lover Darian.” Though she has bellied up to the barre since she was 3 years old, Darian only began capturing dance life in 2013 after her husband, also a photographer, gave her a camera. The span of a ballerina’s career is notoriously short, but by shooting the stage as well as dancing on it, she has extended hers indefinitely. “I can express something via dance, but photography is another view,” says Darian. “Maybe being a ballet dancer was the first step to my true destination — a ballet photographer.”