Goroka

September is here and in Papua New Guinea and especially in the Highlands, it means only one thing... the Goroka Festival; the largest gathering of Melanesian Culture on the planet, thousands upon thousands of people gather on the sporting field dressed in traditional attire and perform dance after dance after dance. The majority of these being Tribal War Dances so noise, colour and aggression is the order of the day.

I think as soon as I saw the rhythmic gyrations of these bare breasted Highland girls, I kinda knew which of the Sing-sing groups were the most captivating. Their performance was simple, stand in a long row, beat out a tune on their Kundu drums and in time with the beats, bend slightly at the knees so that their grass skirts would sashay back and forth, back and forth, back and forth...

I promised I wouldn't mention the jiggle in the bosoms...

but they were clad in mud so they weren't really bare breasted...

Photo taken using the 8mm fisheye, and then the distortion was removed post, and cropped on top and bottom. I loved the Goroka Festival so much, starting Monday, I have a whole week of portraits. for you.

Photo taken 14 September 2008
Happy Birthday @lorihiro #:0)=
posted September 13th, 2012  
this is just amazing Jason - a fav for me
posted September 13th, 2012  
Really love this shot.
posted September 13th, 2012  
Without any doubt a FAV - truly awesome
posted September 13th, 2012  
@wardie - Cheers Paul, thank you!

@cheryllw - Thanks Cheryll :)

@megsy - Megsy, thank you so much!

Oh and thank you all for the faves!!! :D
posted September 13th, 2012  
Great shot , love it!
posted September 13th, 2012  
@hudamor - Thank you Huda :)
posted September 13th, 2012  
Jim
I really like the long horizontal crop you used to really capture and demonstrate the whole group. Really appreciate you sharing the culture with us
posted September 13th, 2012  
this is fantastic!! sounds wonderful and the shot is amazing. fav!
posted September 13th, 2012  
How many abreast ?? Love it.
posted September 13th, 2012  
Love this, give a girl a grass skirt and they all are the same, sashay, sashay, sashay back and forth!!
posted September 14th, 2012  
Very excited to see your pix, I enjoy tribal dance
posted September 14th, 2012  
"the jiggle of bosoms"...love it.
posted September 14th, 2012  
Fabulous...sashaying skirts and jiggling bosoms
posted September 14th, 2012  
looks like a strong group of women
posted September 14th, 2012  
Ha you're hilarious, thanks for the heads up. I'll have to skip this one at the office tomorrow.:). Great shot.
posted September 14th, 2012  
One of the things I enjoy about 365 is the opportunity to see wonderful photos from other cultures. This is outstanding. 8mm? you must have been right in there.
posted September 14th, 2012  
It is amazing! Cool shot, Jason!
posted September 14th, 2012  
The natives are so majestic and the sky is so awesome!
Thank you for remembering! :-). You rock!
posted September 14th, 2012  
Brilliant.
posted September 14th, 2012  
@jcarrollphoto - Thank you Jim, the next 9 days will be chock full of PNG culture!

@kdimagery - Thanks Kd and fanks for the fave!

@tonydebont - 18, mwahahaha, because I love to count! Mwhahahaa!

@michellegaynor - hee hee, I'm back in that trance with the Sashay Sashay Sashay!

@tthompsonca - The Goroka Festival is amazeballs for tribal culture and dance!

@ubobohobo @swilde - :D

@eryck - the women of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea are certainly not to be messed with, very strong ladies!

@geocacheking - weekend viewing at home then?

@rvwalker - Yeah, you have to get in close and personal with the 8mm. It might be why they all stopped jiggling?

@annamorozova - Why thank you Anna :)

@lorihiro - We had great weather for the Festival except right at the time we tried to leave, it poured with rain and then there was a rock fight, so its kinda funny you mention how I rock!!! Oh and there is a week long celebration of your birthday coming up, PNG style! ;)

@kandernob - Thanks Karen :)
posted September 14th, 2012  
superness
posted September 14th, 2012  
Great capture Jason!!
posted September 14th, 2012  
Great shot!!©Love the fun commentary!!
posted September 14th, 2012  
fab Jason. Thank you for sharing yet another amazing image from your travels
posted September 14th, 2012  
@houdiniem - thankyness :)

@michelle58 - Cheers Michelle!

@carolmw - :D Why thank you Carol... :D

@doodlerdeb - You're welcome Debra, stay tuned because next week is Goroka Festival week!
posted September 14th, 2012  
Awesome shot Jason. Everyone loves the jiggling bosoms.
posted September 15th, 2012  
Ha! Nice hats! (yes I said hats)
posted September 15th, 2012  
@kjarn - Em nau!

@filsie65 - The hats are awesome, they are made of human hair and decorated with moss. Stick around, because in November, I'll explain how the hats/wigs are made.
posted September 15th, 2012  
fabulous composition... absolutely the type of pic we can find in National Geographic magazine.
posted September 16th, 2012  
@carrapeta00 - Why thank you Lara :)
posted September 16th, 2012  
Their drums look interesting - got to say something other than....! What a line-up! look forward to the portraits!
posted September 16th, 2012  
@maggiemae - Thanks Maggiemae and yeah the Kundu Drums are pretty cool!
posted September 16th, 2012  
Great shot of the women in their tribal dress ....i think the uniformity of the shot is fantastic! Clay clad breasts and all - its all part of the culture which you've depicted so well :)
posted September 19th, 2012  
@sarajeal - just cropped out of shot on the right was a plastic shopping back of home made flavoured ice-blocks. As soon as these girls stopped posing, they were having a break and drinking, crunching on their treats. I got a few funny photos of them relaxing and no longer performing!
posted September 19th, 2012  
fab shot
posted September 20th, 2012  
@palusami - Cheers.
posted September 20th, 2012  
really impressive! :)
posted September 20th, 2012  
posted September 20th, 2012  
Another site worth seeing... I'm glad your wits were still about that you could count to 18. ;p
posted October 1st, 2012  
@hellcat - It was nearly 36.
posted October 1st, 2012  
You deserve a medal... Unless you counted after the fact. :p
posted October 1st, 2012  
@hellcat - definitely post festival... I was in no state for counting on the day!
posted October 1st, 2012  
lol... that would have been a sight. *whispers* 1-2-3-4-4-4.... ok, starting over... 1-"
posted October 1st, 2012  
@hellcat - all in time with the rhythm.
posted October 1st, 2012  
lol! definitely with rhythm.
posted October 1st, 2012  
This is a fantastic shot. It doesn't have that "fish-eye" look. Your really corrected any distortion from that. I love this picture.
posted November 28th, 2012  
@henrir - Thanks Henri, I think my cropping it to look like a panorama, it has taken the fisheye look away. In fact I used my fisheye lens many times in my project to date.
posted November 29th, 2012  
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