There many dances in Bali but none as dramatic as the Kecak dance. It is taken from the Hindu epic Ramayana and tells the story of Prince Rama and his rescue of Princess Sita, who has been kidnapped by the King of Lanka. There is no gamelan music to this dance, only the chanting of 150 bare chested men. The culmination of the dance that we saw included the fire dance by a single participant who, while in a trance state, runs over, in, and through a pile of burning coconut shells and husks while barefoot.
I have been indulging in a passion for photography since the late 1960s when I first took a Minolta ALs camera to France for the summer. I have been fortunate over the years to have captured friends, family, dance, landscape, and theater images.
My passion was re-kindled with my introduction to Tewfic El-Sawy and it has been my great fortune to have made four photo treks with him. We go back to Bali in 2010. These trips have been unforgettable experiences and have allowed me to capture some of my most favorite images. I hope to share these images and experiences on this blog, my RNC Photography website, and my RNC Photography flickr account.