Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Judge and Hoop Dancers

Well, this is the last in the series for the 19th Annual World Championship Hoop Dancers at the Heard Museum. 

I hope you have enjoyed the energy, creativity, colors, and culture of the Native American Hoop Festival.   Tomorrow,  I am moving on to a photo series on Scottsdale's Arabian Horse Show held last weekend at Westworld.  

As you can see from the first photo, this young dancer is concentrating and practicing for his competition.  It is great to see young people have goals, skills, and determination to participate in this traditional event.

The second photo reflects the complexity of the manipulation of the hoops around the dancer's body to create the image of an eagle or other type of animal.  You can see the number of hoops this dancer is using for this one image.  Dancers create numerous images for the judges and audience to experience.   
        
Now, let's talk about the judges in these competitions.

Just look at the third photo and you can clearly see who the judge is. Look at his stern, intent character. The judge in this photo clearly stands out in any crowd as a strong person.  You can also see him sitting at the edge of the second photo.

16 comments:

Olivier said...

superbe la deuxième photo, bravo a l'artiste cela ne doit pas être facile. Et j'adore le portrait de la dernière photo.

superb second photo, the artist has done that should not be easy. And I love the portrait of the last photo.

Abe Lincoln said...

He does look like a judge. I would hate to stand before him if my life depended on his verdict.

I thoroughly enjoyed the hoop dance series of photos. Nice photos.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

brattcat said...

Congratulations on an excellent series!

cieldequimper said...

I enjoyed this series enormously! Thank you! The second photo is stunning and I love the concentrated look on the judge's face!

nanak said...

well, i enjoyed the series. thanks for sharing :)

Jarart said...

I enjoyed this series, now I can't wait for the Arabian horses!! Horses are my favorite subject.

Anonymous said...

If they had hoop dancing in the Olympics prior to the 1990's, the expression on that Judge's face would belong to the East German judge.

Jacob said...

Very interesting human studies. And colorful. Thanks.

V y Yo said...

WOWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! It looks so hard to do!!!
Love the series:)

Roy Bishop said...

I found your blog through your post on Fresh eyes on London. I’ve been to Scottsdale a couple of times and your photos tell so much more than I experienced. Thanks for giving me new ideas for my geography lessons.

gogouci said...

I so enjoyed this series, I can hardly wait to see the Arabians. Bring on the horses.

magiceye said...

brilliant captures!
the 1st and last are excellent portraits and the 2nd is an amazing capture of action!

Web-OJ said...

Oooh! I'd be all left feet if I were performing in front of him!

Greg said...

The judge doesn't look exactly excited. Glad i am not getting his score!

susieofarabia said...

Very cool - love the judge too!

Avignon said...

My favorite indian tribes art is from northwest coast : Haida, Kwakiutl, Tlinglit...

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