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Warning : this image might hurt though no pets nor lonely trees and small houses were involved or molested during the shot.

I want you to look closely at the guy, understand the means of his aerial suspension and imagine his feelings at the moment...you noticed that he's not flying like Peter Pan : hes more like Cpt.Hook.

I hesitated before posting it : this is aimed to document something that I think you would be interested to see even though the photo by itself is far from being good.
Understand that this was taken during a festival in a small tamil village in the centre of Sri Lanka. Fortunately we bumped into that festival while going to kandy, our car had to stop by the road for a good 3 hours. Talking to the people around I was explained that this festival was to honour lord Shiva...you already know or you have to believe me : Shiva's not a softy guy.

I took time to realize what was happening : I saw a car coming with that guy suspended from a crane, mothers carrying their babies or taking their children were crowding around him. He blessed the children putting the well known red dot between their eyes.

The scene was really difficult to shoot : people were gathering around him and the car was moving, I couldn't get a good opening to take the full image, I had to choose whether I got the guy or the mothers. Plus it was sunny and had to close the DOF down.

The show continued for a most terrible sight. There were 4 guys behind that were walking on the weirdest kind of shoes, wooden based with nails about 10cm long pointing towards the base of the feet! The most horrible thing I remember is that as they were walking very slowly (imagine you're walking on nails...) I heard one guy clearly moaning from pain. I felt like attending a torture scene for real and my hair raising up from my head!

You may assess the compo is messy, the DOF not appropriate and the film grainy...but that's the best I could do for the situation being.

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