Bella Vida by Letty

Fire Dancers Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

The solstice marks the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  Today we celebrate the longest day of the year and get ready for some warmer days to come.  I am reminded of a photo shoot I did during a summer solstice.  Several years ago I headed to a drum circle to celebrate the summer solstice when I ran into a group of performers.  They were fire dancers.  I remember them being very polite and humble about their skills.  They answered my questions and I watched them borrow each others equipment to practice before their performance.  The show was great and was the perfect opportunity for me to do some light graffiti.

Light graffiti is also known as light painting.  Basically you keep your camera’s shutter open as long as possible to capture light.  Here’s a round up of photos I took that wonderful warm summer evening.

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

Fire dancer light graffiti photography

fire dancer

How are you spending the longest day of the year?

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“The festival of the summer solstice speaks of love and light, of freedom and generosity of spirit. It is a beautiful time of year where vibrant flowers whisper to us with scented breath, forests and woodlands hang heavy in the summer’s heat and our souls become enchanted with midsummer magic.” Carole Carlton

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath…” Margaret Atwood

“There is a Zone whose even Years No Solstice interrupt – Whose Sun constructs perpetual Noon Whose perfect Seasons wait -” Emily Dickinson

 

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