A Fire Twirler performs at the 2012 National Folk Festival in Canberra, Australia. Looking at this, it occurs to me that my love of photographing dramatically lit performers against dark backgrounds isn’t just limited to flamenco…
Repost time – this busker, perched on pillar front of Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris was the start of my ongoing project to photograph buskers.
I’ve seen a lot of street performers from all over the world, but this is the first time I’ve seen an actual Sword Swallower. In this picture, performer Aerial Manx throws his sword in the air, right after sliding it out of his throat… pretty impressive stuff. And if that isn’t impressive enough for you, his website has a video of him doing cartwheels while the sword is still IN his throat.
(Apologies for the silence, my computer has been hating me lately, but it’s looking all good now.)
Anyone who says men can’t multitask has obviously never seen this busker in action – eating an apple while juggling it, two knives, and riding a unicycle!
A recent post by David Sobik reminded me that I’ve been remiss about posting any busker shots lately, so here’s another shot of everyone’s favourite busking string ensemble, Oopsie Mamushka, in Covent Garden, London. (Warning – the link plays music.)
Those of you who’ve been watching Journey Photographic for a while will remember how much I love photographing buskers, especially when they are performing to large crowds. This picture was taken around Christmas last year, when the shopping crowd was out in force. The rest of London was bustling at a frantic pace, but everyone pulled into the orbit of this busker stayed to watch, entranced.