April 30, 2014

Rings of Fire

Photograph by William Kerdoncuff

"[This is] the main attraction on the beaches of Kho Phi Phi, Thailand, at night," says William Kerdoncuff, who submitted this picture to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. "A lot of bars hire young people to put on fire shows to attract tourists."

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

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24 comments
Renita K.
Renita K.

I was lucky enough to work and spin fire there at the Slinky's Beach bar for a few months. It was the best time of my life and not a day goes by that I don't think of those amazing islanders and entertaining the tourists. Out of all my travels, I've never come across where the locals and the foreigners live harmoniously and take care of each other with no reservations. Fantastic photo, William! Cheers!

Shannon T
Shannon T

Amazing. This is a truly impressive photo. Well done.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

The photography in this shot is really excellent albiet a very dangerous way of entertainment. Its really amazing what one can learn about the comings and goings in other countries. This is one of the main reasons why I love this site so much. It opens the windows of your eyes let alone your mind.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

I seldom use the 'wow' word, but here in this black and gold shot, thats the word that comes to mind. Quite a show put on by this young man for people that surely ' brings them in!'. A really exciting picture, that I enjoyed viewing this morning  .j.e.s........

Steve Raglin
Steve Raglin

Impressive!  Wonder if this is the method using ignited steel wool pads....

Janice H.
Janice H.

Golden Cotton Candy!      Amazing photo, like spun gold.      What an interesting photo.  

Karoline H.
Karoline H.

Great photo! Reminded me a bit of Van Gogh's "Starry Night". Very creative use of long exposure!

Sandip Dey
Sandip Dey

Great use of long exposure to portray an activity. Unique way of capturing the fire show, has made this photo special. Thanks for sharing !!

Casey RIchard
Casey RIchard

I hope the person in the photo is protected by some body armor like from NASA if not do not take the gig. 

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Its not really about the entertainment only - but the shot taken which has been done very well.

Matt Robinson
Matt Robinson

Hey Steve, the steel wool method leaves hundreds of spark streamers coming off the spinning wool, this seems to be a long exposure of fire on a stick, that fire remains on the stick as its spun. Very Cool though!

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