Photo of belly dancer onstage

Belly-dancers and my iPhone

Having my iPhone with me all the time is both a blessing and a curse: When I attend a concert or arts presentation I always say to myself: Just watch, listen and enjoy… don’t make pictures this time.

As you can guess this was to no avail: One afternoon my wife and I walked into a festival arena filled with beautiful young woman dressed in colorful Middle-Eastern and Hindu dance costumes, in perfect stage makeup and accessories, dancing and posing artistically as soon as you pointed a camera to them. Of course, I could not resist and started filling my iPhone with as many photos as I could get.

Photo of Professional dancers from Nadim Troupe
Professional dancers from Nadim Troupe

When taking pictures I concentrate very hard on image composition and in getting the decisive instant… but this effectively shuts down my other senses and the rest of my brain. I might get a nice photo but I miss the music and the overall show.  As I don’t know the choreography I really cannot tell when the dance will reach a high point and I have to keep adjusting my framing for not missing it: I forget about everything else.

Photo of saleswoman with her accessories for sale
Accessories and costumes for sale during the event

My wife told me later that the show was really nice and of good technical level. I absently agreed thinking about what I had missed… I thought of playing some Arabic music while editing my photos for compensation…

Photo of a group of Dancers backstage getting ready for their show.
Dancers backstage getting ready for their show.

Well, here are the photos. Maybe next time I will leave my phone at home… or maybe I will take my big camera along… We’ll see… Help me out please!!

Hindu style dancers on stage
Rainbow-colored dance costumes make appealing visuals.
Photo of a group of Dancers backstage chatting before their show.
Dancers backstage chatting before their show.
Fusion dance styles are becoming important.
Fusion dance styles are becoming important.
Photo of dancing performance
There were many dance styles that afternoon.
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5 thoughts on “Belly-dancers and my iPhone”

  1. You have described the combination curse and blessing of being an avid photographer very well. From what I can see in a few of your longer shots, you were definitely not the only one taking pictures! Perhaps next time, ask your wife capture it all on video so you can see it later! ;;<<

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  2. Beautiful photos! I can relate to your dilemma. As I delve into photography more I struggle with being in the moment and capturing the moment, it’s often tough to find a good balance of both.

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