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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Spinning

The spinning of fire and light is everywhere. Of course there is Burning Man, where twirling of light and fire have been done on a large scale for years. Recently in NYC, there was One Night of Fire, where revelers met on the Brooklyn Bridge to go on a roving street fest - spontaneously moving throughout the city by foot and subway to end up on the beach in Coney Island. This event was organized by the Danger - see their site for photos (I did not go because it was the same night as the Sheriff Session). The fellow in the photo is Sage (I revealed last year in a comment to a posting my business involvement with the juggling community). The photo is a long exposure of him spinning color changing lighted poi where the balls slowly change through the color spectrum. Poi, which traces its way back to the Maori of New Zealand, consists of a set of balls each tethered to a cord and finger strap. One is held in each hand and the pair of objects is swung in various patterns. The balls themselves can be be made in any number of materials/designs, including illuminated or fire versions. Swinging and twirling of poi and other objects (fans, flags, juggling clubs, torches, meteors, glowsticks, ribbons, staff) can be seen in parks, rave parties, juggling festivals and various planned and unplanned gatherings and events, such as Figment. Entire small businesses have been created which specialize is this type of equipment. The new big thing in the last couple of years: hula hoops - plain, brightly colored, lighted or fire...

17 comments:

Kate said...

What is this, I said when I saw it on the portal. Unusual and colourful photo--love it!

lv2scpbk said...

Love this unusal photo.

Brian said...

kate - thanks. This photo experiment turned out better than expected.

twilite said...

Fantastic shot! Strangely delightful colors too.

travelphilippines said...

That IS Sooooooooo Amazing im Speechless.

An Honest Man said...

Brilliant!

Carol E. said...

Fantastic photo! Love the color and the movement! wow!!

Aigars Bruvelis said...

very very very pretty and futuristic indeed

RD said...

Awesome picture. I imagine it's hard to get, but oh so pretty.

slinger said...

I like it! This is unique looking indeed.

DwD said...

very nice and interesting photograph! did u use slow shutter speed?

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ehanson said...

Interesting camera technique.

It took me a bit to figure out what it really was.

Sophie (à NY) said...

this picture is really great ! thank you for your photoblog, especially for your writing and commenting your pictures, i love to read you.

Mme Benaut from Adelaide Daily Photo said...

Simply brilliant photography Brian of an unusually colourful subject.

annulla said...

Great photo! Love all the color & motion you've captured.

I think one of the greatest joys & frustrations of city living is having to choose between all the competing events on these summer nights. It's a cliche, but true: So much to do, so little time.

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