Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tension Mounts for Hoop Dancer

You can feel the tension from this competitor as she prepares to compete in the ring at the 19th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance at the Heard Museum.  She is even biting her lip in anticipation.

This close-up provides details of the type of make-up, the style of jewelry and hair accessories, the hair style with tight, perfect braids, the brightly colored dance costume, and hoops.   

She unfortunately did not win.  Most of the dancers were experienced competitors and have practiced long and hard to reach this moment to compete. Some also have a lot of fun competing though.  

Often times I try to go to the back where the dancers are talking, practicing, and trying to relax before the competition.  I sometimes find I can get photos that show the character and personality of the person.

The second photo provides more detail regarding the costume and includes the highly stylized native belt.

9 comments:

Juergen Kuehn said...

Great photos, none more so than facial expression!

Babooshka said...

Excellent portrait you can really see the emotion in her face.

cieldequimper said...

Yes you can just feel the tension and maybe "stage fright"! All your pictures of the Natives are brilliant! I wish I could have seen V. Ortiz's fashion show but I gave up trying after about 2O minutes. :-(

Olivier said...

beau portrait, tu as bien son expression.

beautiful portrait, you have its expression.

brattcat said...

What a wonderful photographic document you've made with these images.

Sharon said...

Great portrait. Look at all those hoops she's carrying.

Jarart said...

Nice close up shots.

gogouci said...

Great photo series. You really caught the emotion and beauty of the event.

Lenola Daily Photo said...

it's like a jump in the past! Love the judge sittin!

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