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"Spirit of the Indian Dance"

by Bruce Elliott

"I've been playing with multiple exposures for a while now, so when the contest came along, I said, 'OK, let's try this and see what happens.' So I went up to the Cliff Dwellings and watched the first dance. The gentleman in the picture is Bob Swift Eagle Tafoya. From what I was told, the dances are all purely social dances. What caught my attention was the color. I wanted to blend the colors with the movement but not in the stereotypical way, ya know, where you still see the person dancing around in the middle. In this picture, there are four separate images, but to get that, you can't just cock and shoot. You have to compensate for the amount of exposure. So you do all kinds of planning up front, but you can't be sure what's going to happen. I knew what space he was moving in, but I didn't know what he was going to do next. That's what makes it fun. You're not really sure what you're gonna get."

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