Whirling Dervishes by Deirdreb

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I took this photo in Cairo.The light was poor and I was a long way back from the stage but I tried to capture some of the frenetic energy of the dancers.

The Mevlevi Order of the Mevleviye are the Sufi order founded in Turkey (then Konya) in the 13th Century. They are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of remembrance of God. Dervish is a common term for an initiate of the Sufi path, the whirling is known as the Sema and the participants are known as semazens.

For me photography is a way to record a moment in time that will never be repeated in exactly the same way ever again. My subjects are from everyday life in Australia and from my travels. I enjoy capturing the essence of the environment and people. My work is a very personal statement of my perspective of the world around me and thus they reveal something about who I am.

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  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloover 5 years ago

    Wow fantastic movement and color! The lighting is beautiful.

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture of the movement and color!!

  • Thanks Barbara. I appreciate your feedback.

    – Deirdreb

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 5 years ago

    Great energy, movement, lighting…and the colours!!!! Wow. So beautiful!

  • Thanks Karen. I was very pleased with the photo because they were whirling so quickly. I appreciate your comments.

    – Deirdreb

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloover 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on the feature in All things Egyptian!!!

  • Thanks Angie. I am very excited about it.

    – Deirdreb

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    ! Congratulations, your image has been

  • Thank you so much. I am very honoured.

    – Deirdreb

  • Deirdreb
    Deirdrebover 5 years ago

    Thank you. How fantastic. I am very honoured to have had my photo selected for featuring.

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasabout 5 years ago

    Superb color, light, composition and motion. Excellent. Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

  • Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them.

    – Deirdreb

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

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