August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014

Hoop Dreams

Photograph by Aizuddin Saad, National Geographic Your Shot

A performer with Switzerland’s Swiss Dream Circus nimbly twirls hula hoops around her arms and legs. “In Malaysia, it’s really hard to see a circus show … without animals involved,” writes Your Shot member Aizuddin Saad. “When I heard that a group of circus performers was doing a show in Kuala Lumpur, I took a chance to document circus life.”

Saad’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot's Daily Dozen.

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12 comments
Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

. Seems the hula hoop lives on with circus artists making it part of their act. A truly well composed shot literally spotlighted to give the impact that it does.Great picture.

I am all for NO animals being used in a circus. This performer has a choice what she wants to do, and does it so well.As to the animals,well..........  j.e.s......

Jessica Beals
Jessica Beals

I love how the lighting highlights the tension in her shoulders; what looks effortless certainly isn't.


Wonderful composition and focus! I think a brief exposure shot showing the hoops as a blur would also have been neat.

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