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Jan 25
25-JAN-2005 © Stuart Clyne

Jan 25

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Today is the Hindu festival of Thaipusam.
It's not for the faint-hearted.
It's a day of atonement for sins and thanksgiving.
Devotees prepare themselves by fasting and general abstinence and have their bodies pierced and skewered.
Many carry Kavadis; large frames decorated with peacock feathers which support spikes driven into their bodies.
This man has just finished a 4 kilometer walk carrying the kavadi and is having the skewers removed.
There is much chanting and drumming which helps to keep the mind focussed, minimizing any pain.
The white powder is ash which is smeared on the wounds to prevent infection and reduce bleeding.

Some more Thaipusam images here:

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel ,Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
1/60s f/2.8 at 50.0mm iso100 with Flash full exif

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GP Merfeld28-Feb-2009 21:19
Fantastic shot puts us right there.
Barri Olson29-May-2008 17:37
Wowiee this is quite a photo. The angle and tones really contribute to it's unique qualities. Very well done.
Nick De Marco29-May-2008 14:17
Brilliant - would be my vote to win the contest "Orange" too
Fernando Rodriguez11-Mar-2006 13:20
This is just a masterpiece....excellent...!
Marcos García31-Aug-2005 19:09
I like very much this one. Composition is excellent.
joshishots26-Jan-2005 10:30
Stunning shot Stuart, love the angle you've taken this from, and the lighting is great. I was there too yesterday, it's an amazing spectacle to be able to get so close to.
Autumn Sky25-Jan-2005 20:40
Fantastic lighting and I love the cant that you've given this. Just excellent. Gets a vote.
markvm25-Jan-2005 20:01
This is certainly one of my favs. The lighting and the color is perfect. Vote
antidote325-Jan-2005 19:32
Love this journalistic shot. I like the tight framing as well, making sure the viewers feel his pain!
jude25-Jan-2005 18:45
Intriguing and very well done photo, Stuart.. wow.. the lighting is fantastic a is the composition.. What he's doing is kind of freaky yet fascinating!
Gilles Navet25-Jan-2005 15:18
Impressive pic here Stuart.
I don't want to try this but it seem not to disturn it
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