The Drum Circle Breakthrough
For me, this is big – really big.
Photographs of people! Moving people – hands flying on their drums. The background replete with distracting elements. No one posing, each drummer caught up in the moment of playing.
The process was completely frustrating. I tried to recall everything I had read about candid street photography – what settings, what compositions, all the “how-to” instructions. I was, in equal measure, flustered and energized.
I wrestled with my self-consciousness and got up close – in front of the listening crowd – taking my place amongst the other photographers with their “big boy” cameras and lenses. Like I had every right to be there.
And I attempted to capture the collaborative energy of the drumming, its rhythmic pulse pounding, engulfing me in its overwhelming sound.
I don’t think I succeeded in capturing the energy of the experience – the images are somewhat static. But as something so completely outside my comfort zone, I am thrilled with these results. Another giddy photography moment.
(All images processed with the Topaz Labs Simplify filter.)