Children, Enlighten, Canberra

Picture of kids playing in spotlight, Enlighten, Canberra, Australia

Children, Enlighten Festival, Canberra, Australia

Canberra’s Enlighten Festival lights up the public buildings of the city with projected artworks and bright patterns, but these children were more interested in playing in front of the giant spotlights set up to sweep across the sky.

(See more pictures from Canberra on Journey Photographic here)

Flat Chat Dog Race, Bungendore Show

Picture of the Flat Chat Dog Race, Bungendore Show, Australia

Flat Chat Dog Race, Bungendore Show, Australia

We headed out to the Bungendore Show this weekend, as part of an ongoing project to photograph Australian country shows.  This picture was taken at the finish line of the Flat Chat Dog Race, one of the day’s headline events.

Eli, National Zoo and Aquarium, Canberra

Black and white portrait of Eli at the National Zoo and Aquarium, Canberra

Eli at the National Zoo and Aquarium, Canberra

My nephew Eli is the perfect portrait subject, completely unselfconscious and relaxed in front of the lens – as long as I can convince him he doesn’t want to play with the camera!  Luckily, on this occasion the fish at the National Zoo and Aquarium were far more interesting than me, and we ended up with this picture to commemorate one of his rare moments of stillness :)

Fire Twirler, National Folk Festival, Canberra

Picture of fire twirler at the National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia 2012

Fire Twirler, National Folk Festival, Canberra

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

(See more pictures from the National Folk Festival on Journey Photographic here)

Sword Swallower, National Folk Festival

Picture of Sword Swallower Aerial Manx, National Folk Festival, Canberra

Sword Swallower Aerial Manx, National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

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.)

 

Concertina and Accordion, National Folk Festival

Black and white picture of a Concertina and Accordion, National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

Concertina and Accordion, National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

One of the great things about the Folk Festival was the chance to hear a lot of instruments you don’t find in more ‘mainstream’ music – I’ve never seen so many concertinas and accordions in my life, and all of them played with virtuoso brilliance!

(See more pictures from the National Folk Festival on Journey Photographic here)

Tabla Bellydance, National Folk Festival

Picture of Tabla Bellydance performing at the National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

Tabla Bellydance, National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

You guys seemed keen to see more pictures from the National Folk Festival, so here’s one of Tabla Bellydance performing on one of the Festival’s many stages.

(See more pictures from the National Folk Festival on Journey Photographic here)