Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Photo Essay: A Day at the Dragonboat Races
This Dragonboat Festival was like no other I have seen on the island Okinawa. Rather than a big commercial event where everyone is hawking their games and festival foods, there was nothing for sale here, to my knowledge. It was like a community picnic. Everyone brought their own tents, grills, coolers and food and shared with everyone else.
The few times I came down off the roof of the building I was shooting from, people who didn't know me were offering food and drinks.
After the closing ceremony, I stopped by the tent of a contact I had made during a previous visit.
I took a few family photos for him, had a bite to eat and made a customary "kanpai" (cheers) with sake.
Then, I excused myself because I had to go home and download 375 photos and start developing.
One of my favorite shots, so far, (not done, yet) was a closeup shot I took of the mermaid on the dragonboat above filling the entire frame. But, I'm not sure it's safe to post here because of the boobs. It's like art !
Maybe Facebook, huh?