I went out shooting last Sunday to find one more photo for my upcoming exhibit. Unfortunately, after driving all around town, I didn’t have much luck finding it. Feeling a bit defeated, I decided to head to Golden Gardens in Ballard and just take in the beautiful sunset. It wasn’t the pink and purple hues of the sky, though, that captured my attention but what I saw after dusk gave way to night.
Bonfires were blazing down the length of the beach, and next to one of them I spotted spinning, twirling, and mesmerizing flames. Fire dancers! I grabbed my camera and tripod and went in for a closer look.
They were using a variety of tools in addition to the traditional poi which has flames at each end of two arm-length chains. One person had a staff burning at both ends while yet another was using “snakes,” long ropes or chains that were soaked in fuel. I’m certainly no expert, so they might have had other tools as well. If anyone more knowledgeable is reading this, let me know if I mislabeled any of the photos so I can fix it.
Below are a few of my favorites. Be sure to check out the one with the little girl looking on. She looks absolutely enthralled!
While I don’t think any of these quite fit the theme of my exhibit in October, they were some of the best ones from the entire day. Which just goes to show that sometimes (OK, often) the best photo opportunities are never planned.