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Photographer's Note

Bush Fire Festivel: The Swaziland International Festival of the Arts is the largest local performing arts festival and is hosted by the House on Fire venue. It focuses on acts from Africa, and is a massive fundraiser for Swazi youth charities.

The young woman in the photograph was part of a fashion show highlighting local designers.

As always, I was working without a flash so the contrastmight be a little higher than some would prefer. I would welcome comments on the relatively high contrast I also introduced in post-production: my main aim was to reduce the background, which in the original image has fairly clear faces, to a more uniform black background. As part of that, the models head does tend to fade a little in to the background. I thought the trade off was worthwhile, since the focus for me is on he beautiful lines of her back, arms and the dress she is wearing - but I would welcome your opinion.

Washa Umkhukhu is seSwati (Swazi) for 'The Fire is Burning' - the House on Fire venue incorporate it in to their logo - but in the context of this photo it seemed to me to be a title which spread wider ripples than just naming the shot after the venue.

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  • Copyright: Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 0 N: 513] (2626)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-05-28
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-10-28 2:36
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