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Photographer's Note

I took this photo of baris dancer during the opening of Bali Art Festival 2012, last week-end.
This dancer was waiting his turn to perform in front of the president of Indonesia.

I took it using a lensbaby composer with optic sweet 35 mm.. using f2,8, I could choose the focus only on his face, and the other in blur.. I love the effect of painting-like created by the blur of this lens.

What is Baris dance?
Baris is a traditional war dance of Bali, accompanied by gamelan, in which a solo dancer depicts the feelings of a young warrior prior to battle, glorifying the man hood of the triumphant Balinese warrior and displaying the sublimity of his commanding presence. Originally it was performed as a religious ritual to dedicate warriors and their weapons during a temple feast. The dancer may bear a kris, a spear, a bow, or other weapons, depending on the variant performed. baris literally means line or file, referring to the line of soldiers who served the rajas of Bali.

Have a great day.

Cheers,
Yoga

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