An Emerging Writer by Rhoufi

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Vachel Spirason immerses himself in the character of a man whose body is controlled by the clothes he wears. He is horrified when a beany, a pair of boots and a white glove take his limbs and body into dances he has never learnt.

Seen at The First Word Emerging Writers’ Festival Opening
BMW Edge, Federation Square, 21st May 2010

Rhoufi Shoots Slow Clap

Slow Clap is Vachel Spirason and Stephanie Brotchie.

Slow Clap Productions

Look out for their debut show ‘The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic’ at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.



angst, bmw edge, performance, playwright, rhoufi, stage actor

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanover 4 years ago

    Great work Rhoufi, good tones and fantastic capture of the performer’s expression.

  • Thanks Gwynne, it was great to see it come up on the computer. I was very surprised to have got this one. He was moving around so fast on the stage and I don’t like using flash, so I ramped up the ISO to 3200 (hate doing that) and opened it up to f2.4. He must have frozen just when I fired. The shutter speed ended up 1/125. Sometimes you get lucky – I just love the eye. The noise won’t let me blow it up much more. I must find out his name so I can add him to the credits.

    – Rhoufi

  • sable
    sableover 4 years ago

    did you make that story up as well? The actors expression is priceless and I am sure the Writers Festival was much more fascinating to watch than the Rugby.

  • ;-D
    No, this story is one of my true ones. This guy was so good, energetic, expressive and athletic. It was joy to watch him perform and that expression was the only one I managed to catch without blur. Any time spent with writers would be better than watching Rugby (apologies to the rugby fans).

    – Rhoufi

  • Gianni7
    Gianni7over 4 years ago

    This is the sort of photo the performer would like to have of himself. Anyway of getting it to him? He deserves the image.

  • Hi Gianni, yes I have yet to find out his name through the festival organizer so that I can credit him here and send him the photo. It’s good to remember that the subject has as much to do with the success of the photo as the photographer.

    – Rhoufi

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature 28 May 2010

  • Kimba, what great news, I was so lucky with this photograph and this feature makes me very happy indeed. I love the “No More Colour” Group and so I am honoured.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireover 4 years ago

    Love the way the action is so beautifully captured! Yes, I’m sure he’d love to have a print of this one, Rhoufi :^) V.

  • Yes, the candid street photograph really is the most immediate form of the art. When it catches the human expression in full flight, it is such a buzz. And all actors would love this kind of photo.

    – Rhoufi

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Yoweee…what a concept…and what an evocative image…so alive!!!!
    I’m so happy you shared him with us!!

  • Thanks Robin, I am trying to get his name from the organizers so I can credit him and send him the photo. He was so much fun on the night – unrestrained, totally.

    – Rhoufi

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 4 years ago

    This is so raw, .. a wonderful view of the man in action, no pun intended :):)

  • A raw image ;—) Nice even if not intended. Now that the video is up interesting how the mood of th still B&W changes after viewing the performance. Photography is such an infinitessimal slice of time, it projects a mood that might have been missed or may not have even been there. I like the still best ;—) Wonder why? :—) Thanks you so much for taking the time to comment.

    – Rhoufi

  • JanT
    JanTover 4 years ago

    Good capture and fascinating responses to the comments you received. Is that your video, too? Talented guy! Both of you, actually.

  • Hi Jan, what a great compliment. No, the video was not mine. I was sitting two rows from the front on the left and I didn’t know the video was being taken. It appeared on the Slow Clap blog some time after my photos. You know, I never thought I would ever take performance shots like this, but it’s such a charge to have a subject projecting expressions, moving well and presenting every possible opportunity to capture a powerful emotive photograph. I want to try more of this – my subject interest is changing weekly. Thanks for your visit; expect one from me soon ;-)

    – Rhoufi

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasabout 4 years ago

    This photo is AWESOME!!! And his expression is priceless…Wow, the decisive moment …got IT.

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasabout 4 years ago

    Oops…that’s You IT".

  • Hi Sass, took me a while to work out what you meant . “You got it!” Yes I did and thanks heaps for noticing and commenting so enthusiastically. I am always amazed when someone ‘finds’ one on my images. It must pop-up on some page somewhere. So glad you found it.

    – Rhoufi

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