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Tai Chi

So ... I was in Newtown, Sydney last weekend and encountered an Australian man practising Tai Chi at Camperdown Memorial Park. I had lived in Newtown for many years in the past including 3 years of living literally right next to this park, but I never seen a person practising Tai Chi here before. The only occasion I remember was the Chinese overseas student doing it at the USYD. This was really interesting to watch so I observed him for a while in distance.

Luckily, I attended the street photography class in the morning, hence I was with all my gears. I just couldn't walk away from this awesome photo shooting opportunity, so decided to walk to him and ask his permission. Fortunate enough he turns out to be not only good at Tai Chi, also a very kind and polite man who didn't mind at all being his photographs taken. He explained to me that he learnt Tai Chi from his master in Melbourne, whose name I can't remember, and has practised about 2 years now.

My photography classmate taught me that the move he does in the first photo is called 'Salute to the Sun' in yoga world. I like the title very much.

All the images were taken with X100.

I really enjoyed turning these images into high contrast black and white as it shows his movement in a very dramatic way, but ironically the whole scene has calming nature in it.

Thanks for visiting and of couse thanks again to Tai Chi man.

All the images were published under the "Creative Commons" licence.


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