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by Dhamaka

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this is from the Royal Opera House Firsts! series last week.

tonight I should have been out photographing jle but my arm has swollen up and I'm trying to rest it :(
1st Dec 2009, 21:39  

Sprocket says:

did you take these snaps on the Monday? I was too busy working out how he managed to defy gravity to take any pics.

1st Dec 2009, 23:03

I like a lot. Especially #1 and 5

2nd Dec 2009, 00:00

Lyzardly says:

The shots are all lovely - and now have me thinking of David Bowie in Labyrinth. :)

2nd Dec 2009, 03:12

mtn_hermit says:

That's where my mind went too, Lyzardly.

2nd Dec 2009, 05:54

mara says:

I love this series so much Dhamaka!

2nd Dec 2009, 08:49

Jane Doe says:

super set

2nd Dec 2009, 09:20

Dhamaka says:

thank you all - and thanks for the HL too!

Sprocket - no, I reviewed all 3 of the series and took the photos at the following one

2nd Dec 2009, 10:57

Wendle says:

Very cool. And yes - very David Bowie. In his tights... mmm...

2nd Dec 2009, 12:52

taniwha says:

Liketeh clarity of the world reversed. I was thinking Bowie too ... but not of his tights.

2nd Dec 2009, 14:15

i'm thinking of saawaahhh and her awesome dress she had for the ball that i always wanted. definitely not of the bulge in bowies tights. and hoggle. poor hoggle.

2nd Dec 2009, 14:38

mat says:

Contact juggling is one of the most visually stunning (not to mention immensely difficult) forms of juggling.

What's really impressive about Labyrinth is that behind Bowie, reaching under his arms and unable to see what he was doing was a chap called Michael Moschen, manipulating those (extremely heavy) crystals like they're made of air wrapped in silk.

3rd Dec 2009, 12:43

jle says:

they are hard. when they drop onto the floor it sounds like lightning.

it scares you so much!

beautiful - was the fella who performed tall, skinny with fair hair?

3rd Dec 2009, 15:42

jle says:

or was it matt hennen?

3rd Dec 2009, 15:42

Sprocket says:

you mean there's no hokey pokey cheating going on with this? I thought he had a hidden wire somewhere

3rd Dec 2009, 22:01

Jig along says:

Lovely photos

4th Dec 2009, 12:15

mat says:

Sprocket - no tricks, just a LOT of practice. a LOT.

Took me three months to learn a passable butterfly (that's a basic front-of-hand to/from back-of-hand transfer). I've never known a single move take so long, and it's a relatively easy one by contact juggling standards.

4th Dec 2009, 14:46

Dhamaka NLI says:

thank you all
jle - it was Matt
Mat - I can imagine. Matt talked engagingly about the training, how he learned, how he encourages other people to develop their own styles (like just doing it wasn't enough) and all the time kept the ball moving..

4th Dec 2009, 15:57

FilbertFox says:

i want a shiny ball like that, but found decent sized ones to be more expensive than was prepared to pay - I just want to take pictures through it!

19th Dec 2009, 17:15