Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

Day 213 – February 20, 2012

This week’s photo challenge from WordPress has the theme of distorted.

First, the photo…

Yagua dancers in Peruvian Amazon jungle

Dancers in a dream

Over this weekend, as Summer Vacation here in the Southern Hemisphere was winding down, the family and I took a mini-vacation to the town of Iquitos, which is located in the Peruvian section of the Amazon jungle.

On our third day, our guide took us to a village populated by members of the Yagua people.

When we arrived, we were escorted into a structure that was explained to us to be a communal house.

Then, the villagers came in and performed two dances. The first dance, the one pictured above, was called the “Dance of Bliss”.

I obtained the effect for this picture by turning off the flash and keeping the camera as still as possible while the aperture remained open for a few seconds to compensate for the low light.



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Posted on March 2, 2012, in Peru, Random and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. It makes me think of the Ghost Dance religion that would lead to Wounded Knee.

  2. That looks cool! Sounds like a great trip too!

  3. I absolutely love this photo. Very well done! It definitely does feel like a dream, or dancing ghosts! LOVE!

    • Thanks for the comment. I really wish I could take credit for being a fantastic photographer, but this snap was completely by accident because I forgot to set the flash on.

  4. Amazing! Such an interesting entry.

    • Thanks. What I think also makes the photo interesting is that with all motion, there is an isle of non-distortion in the center in the figures of the family. It just shows how transfixed we all were by the dance.

  5. Looks like a trance dance!

    • As it is called the “Dance of Bliss” and the basic premise of the dance is that the participants walk round and round (and round again) to a persistent beat, I would agree with your description.

  6. Absolutely wonderful

  7. Wonderfully distorted! …and a little eerie lol

  8. I think this is so pretty and dreamy!

  9. Really excellent photography! I’m really envious!

  10. Really magical – and ghostly!

  11. as usual…you photo is always great..like it

  12. Great capture…yes, I think they are ghost dancing…or, at least you could probably sell half the Ghost Adventure/Hunter TV show followers that’s what they are.

    • The only thing keeping any true devotee of Ghost Hunters from believing my photo contains actual ghosts is the fact that I did not shoot it using night-visioni goggles. It’s that green hazy look that apparitions like.

  13. Great effect! I like how their feet are just visible, almost ghostly.

  14. on seeing this images, i wonder this is how ghost will look when shown on history channel 🙂
    nice distorted images


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