November 2, 2013

Snake Charmer, China

Photograph by Wesley Thomas Wong, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

A snake charmer performs with his pet snake during a spring festival in China.

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? I first saw this picture when it was submitted to a Your Shot assignment called Catch the Light, and I keep coming back to it. The monotone color palette and the deliberate posture of the performer juxtaposed with the shadowed, slightly askance curtain is an example of perfection and imperfection working together. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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14 comments
Miguel Cortes
Miguel Cortes

This Charmer is very  Brave.  I wish him all the luck in the world.


Peter B.
Peter B.

I had better keep practicing my photo skills. I love the monotone of this picture

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

The man has quite boyish charms as he caresses the snake in a kind of dance.  What really captures my eye is the way that the shadows of the leafless tree cast an ominous cobweb like presence over the photo.  Then in the foreground there is a netting that is somehow supposed to protect the viewer from an escaped python.

This is a terrific colour photo that all takes place in shades of maroon. I really like this.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 9/10 zoom lenses   

Wesley Thomas Wong
Wesley Thomas Wong

@Cally Decherd Hi Cally, you probably have forgotten you commented on this photo it was sooooo long ago......sorry for the late response....I don't often check all of the comments sections of all of my photos.....anyways it was taken during the Chinese New Year festival or as we say in China, Spring Festival in Beijing......just one of the many street fair carnivals they have during that time of the year.........all the best....

Wesley Thomas Wong
Wesley Thomas Wong

@Peter B. Hi Peter, sorry for the almost year later response to your comment....this shot is early on in my gallery so I don't often check the comments of all photos. Yes that's why I took the photo, because the red he was wearing almost matched the background and flooring.....and of course the shadows just made the whole photo.......Glad you liked the photo though......take care...


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