catherine buchanan 2020
 
Photographing Samoan fire knife dancers for the paintings was a tricky process. To capture fire in a photograph, the dancers could only move their hands. It was difficult as the performance is a dance. One man, who very much wanted a photo of himself, set his clothes on fire and we called it a day. In the end he sat for the painting in person so I could accurately depict his tattoo.
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     Catherine Buchanan
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