I heard this busker playing a didgeridoo long before I could actually see him outside Hamer Hall, on St Kilda Road in November 2010. 206 views on 1 May 2011.
Luckily I had my long lens on, so I was able to shoot a few frames from several metres away. The light was so bright and the contrast with his black clothing and the dark didgeridoo was so strong that I had to wait for a passer-by in the distance to break up the starkness.
This shot is my favourite from the sequence of four or five frames that I shot, because of his intense concentration, the clarity of his eyes and the angle of his upper body.
He spotted me as I hit the trigger – and then he launched into an extraordinary display of balance and control, literally balancing the long Aboriginal musical instrument above his upturned head as he stretched both arms out for perfect balance, like a tightrope walker.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a 70-300m lens. F8, 1/250 sec, ISO 400, focal length 300mm.
Top 10 in GOOD NEWS GROUP, “PEOPLE YOU HAVE MET ONCE” Challenge, November 2009.