THE NEXT STEP

They are so full of energy, a treat to watch.  If you want to see men spinning through the air, leaping in all directions, and keeping a beat then THEN NEXT STEP don’t disappoint!  I’ve seen lots of tap performers, especially those aimed at crowd pleasing.  These guys aren’t the same old, same old.  There is Hip Hop and a bit of Rap going on too.

The Next Step
The Next Step

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Sydney Mardi Gras 2011 Parade VIDEO

The Parade is synonymous with Mardi Gras.  When most people hear “Mardi Gras” they think of the parade, not realising there are hundreds of events associated with the festival, some held by New Mardi Gras, some supported, and some held by others to celebrate the festival in their own way.  Regardless, the Parade itself is the cornerstone for many people, a flood of creative and supportive energy that bursts over a 4 kilometre track in the heart of Sydney.  The media portrayal of the Parade often looks to me to be at odds with the actual spirit; there is a something of a sensationalising of the participants, and while there is no denying that this is a part of the festival, it is like the tip of the proverbial iceberg, of the thousands of people who march and dance the majority are overjoyed to participate and you can see it clearly in their faces, along with the exhaustion and determination.  I try to capture this spirit of celebration and show the Mardi Gras that I see as an observer, not the outrageous and confronting (although I love it and applaud people flinging themselves at unreasonable boundaries) but the the people that have this one time to take joy in being themselves and supporting those they love.  Firemen, Ambos, Police, Nurses march and do so with pride.  People in these positions don’t take to the streets lightly, a fallen comrade, an injustice or the safety of the public can do it… Or Mardi Gras. This shows the depth of feeling and passion and it is a privilege to be there experience and capture it, I hope the images do it justice, there is nothing like it.

Note, click on “HD” for High Definition, and remember you can watch full screen by clicking on the “four arrow” symbol.

Sydney Mardi Gras 2011 Parade - AFP
Sydney Mardi Gras 2011 Parade - AFP

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Bianca Braveheart

Bianca is a Burlesque Performer, Actress and Model.  Composition for this image took me some time and then there was getting the lighting just right…   She is a professional, reliable and hard working.  Some people can make anything attractive, even a disposable plastic poncho.  You can find her in New York and on Facebook and Modelmayhem.

Bianca
Bianca

Studio photoshoot – this and more available at: Strobeglow.

iOTA

A very disturbing and entertaining performance by iOTA; the crowd absolutely loved the performance, a combination of spoken word and song,  and became more involved as the tension mounted.  It was fantastic.

iOTA
iOTAA guitarist accompanied the antics:Guitarist

The performance was quite spooky at times…

Story by Torchlight
Story by Torchlight

And, yes while the lights were down I crept up on to the stage near this terrifying monster to take a happy snap for the kids (not).

From the Hats Off! 2011 concert at the Seymour Centre, part of the 2011 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.  This and more available at: Strobeglow.