After an early morning hike in the Drakensberg, we were driving back on rugged roads to discover small Zulu villages.
At one point, we heard people beating the drums, dressed in ceremonial clothes and walking towards a small inner court. We immediately jumped out of the car, asking them if it was a wedding or a funeral.
It appears that it was the anniversary of a leader of this Zulu community and they cordially accepted to receive us within their celebration.
It was a real blast to be part of this unexpected festivity, as some of the women were performing traditional dances, making music and at some point, getting into a trance, as the ritual was climaxing.
Here, another photo of the same celebration.
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holmertz (58434) 2012-08-05 3:30
Catchy and spontaneous and a tongoue that fairly well matches her dress. The woman to the right seems amused by your presence. I remember Wanda meeting a flying Turkish donkey, but this young woman still keeps one foot firmly on the ground.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-05 3:54
André - at the same time a great portrait and a beautiful daily life scene. You've captured her at such a perfect moment, and in such amazing stillness despite what must have been fairly frenetic movement. Great DOF, with both feet at different focus levels but with the background left clear enough to make out the looks on spectators faces. The feeling of joy and celebration you've captured here is obvious - nicely done.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-08-05 4:47
Superbe photo de cette danseuse sud-africaine. Elle semble bien concentrée dans sa danse. Une photo pleine de couleurs et de soleil. Bon cadrage et belle composition.
leo61 (0) 2012-08-05 4:52
A great effect from your low POV.
A good colorful shot,full of joy with all these smiling people in the background.
siudzi (34141) 2012-08-05 13:48
Fantastic image executed with superb timing and composition. She looks so happy and nice. I like it very much. You did a great reportage during this celebration. Well done!
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-05 18:32
Wonderful capture snapped at just the right point. It puts a smile on the face. Wonderful colours, great composition.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-08-05 23:00
Je constate que le supermarché du coin a reçu un arrivage de chaussures de sport variées -) Elles font un peu anachroniques avec le reste du costume mais ajoutent un peu d'humour à ta très bonne photo, dynamique et joyeuse. On entend les rires et les chansons!
fabbs99 (17175) 2012-08-10 2:09
Lovely scene .. lots of action around.The focus on the girl dancing in the centre seems to be infectious.The colors and the sharpness in the picture is excellent.. keep sharing.
drweizy (540) 2014-07-19 19:06
good dance, good drum, good note. regards
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (31566)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-08
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-05 3:23