High on drums


Singapore, Singapore

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FEATURED: in The Waist Up – Portrait photography and Everyday Women February 2009.

FEATURED: in “The Feature Fretinityhttp://www.redbubble.com/groups/the-feature-fra... April 2009

3pm in Singapore. The weather was hot.

Yet the group of Korean girls had come in from the cold of late Autumn. In their heavy make-up, they were all sweaty even before their performance began.

The occasion was a Korean festival at Vivo City, Singapore’s largest shopping mall which calls itself a “retail and lifestyle destination”. These girls were beating their drums out in the hot sun!

Not apparently bothered by the heat, they gave their best – beating with strength, vigour and energy; shouting and yelling to add to the excitement. As the performance reaches its climax, she was hot; she was high! Her face spelled ecstasy.

In The Witch of Portebello my favourite author Paulo Coelho writes about dancing till exhaustion to “connect with the vortex” and to “see the light”.

I read the book only last week, nearly a month after this performance on 2 November. Looking again at this photograph and thinking back about the performance, I think what Coelho wrote was entirely possible.

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