Demonic Laughter! (Mwa ha ha ha ha!)

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UploadedAugust 15, 2008
TakenMay 8, 2008
ModelCanon EOS 30D
Exposure1/80 sec at f/3.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length16 mm
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Pan.Optikum (Germany) put on an awesome show in Calle 2 (2nd street, just outside of Guadalajara, Mexico) as part of Zapopum!, concentrating this year on street performers.

In most "street photos" you can count on the artist being at least relatively stationary, (if not completely stationary like the human statues) but that wasn't the case here!

The white makeup'd dude in lower left is actually a photographer (or playing the part of one)! He's shooting photos of the guy in upper right, who is composing poetry on a typewriter, then shouting it out to us. I believe he was portraying Pablo Neruda but bc they're Germans speaking not fluent Spanish (not my first language), I couldn't understand what they were saying. But every now and then I'd here, "and that's worth... A PHOTO!" and bam! off would go the big flash. Yes, bc I live in a foreign land, I've become accustomed to enjoying myself even when I have no idea what's happening! :)

I found it very challenging trying to avoid being hit by the steel aparratus that held them (metal just doesn't seem to "give" much when it hits your head), as well as avoiding hitting the audience (not nice to throw an elbow into grandma's eye), most of whom seemed entranced in the show, as they should have been.

Felt like taking photos of a football game, but instead of being on the sidelines, I was actually on the field, along aunts and nephews...

And stuff's exploding!

59 responses

  • Alexandra Muresan

    Alexandra Muresan said (15 Aug 2008):

    well caught in action!

  • !~) Emelia Isaac

    !~) Emelia Isaac said (15 Aug 2008):

    cool! makes me laugh. :)

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    hillarious nice capture :)

  • Don Harney

    Don Harney (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    That is so f***ing cool!!!!

  • Anna Chipman

    Anna Chipman gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    Nice action capture! I always want to know where these are being captured. It looks like this one would have been hard to get!

  • Andrew Lawson

    Andrew Lawson gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    Excellent!!! The character in the purple looks like the joker!!!! Fun capture

  • marilu

    marilu (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    A very unique shot and composition!

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    the lighting and focus and color are phenomenal! Well done!

  • Amanda Means

    Amanda Means gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    So Cool!! Yes Whahahahahahaha would fit this picture for sure!! Great Capture!!!

  • Barbara Gerstner

    Barbara Gerstner gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    Awesome!!!!!!! They should use this for an ad!

  • Brandon +)

    Brandon +) gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    Boom!! Nice.

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    your shots never cease to amaze me. :D

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    Whoa! This is wild!!

  • Alex Ojeda

    Alex Ojeda gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    The Joker?

  • marshall

    marshall gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    thanks for all the props and comments. AS USUAL the folks here at jpg DO NOT disappoint!!!!!

  • Anne Mcginn

    Anne Mcginn gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    This is wildly funny. I really though the guy in front was Liberace. He looks just like him. I'd say 'Mwa ha ha ha ha' . 5 of them .

  • Andrew Johnson

    Andrew Johnson gave props (15 Aug 2008):


  • Abby Shaffer

    Abby Shaffer gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    ahh i love it great action and color :)

  • Antonello Incagnone

    Antonello Incagnone   said (16 Aug 2008):

    Bravo, bravo!

  • Andrew McNulty

    Andrew McNulty said (16 Aug 2008):

    pretty dam good marshal, i watched batman last night and gotta say this image gives me the same feeling as when i watch the joker going off on one.

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Eerie, wacky [& demonic]! Thanks Marshall for going all out for the shot, completely worth putting yourself in harms way! :-)

  • Clayborne Kasserman

    Clayborne Kasserman gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Love it!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Very good

  • Deena McClusky

    Deena McClusky gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Rad shot!

  • Denzil Jennings

    Denzil Jennings (Deleted) said (16 Aug 2008):

    I think this is a great shot. I like how both figures seemed to be suspended in darkness.

  • Claudia Turner

    Claudia Turner gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    cool, love the purple, i like the whole thing!!

  • Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith gave props (16 Aug 2008):


  • Rhian Syahzana

    Rhian Syahzana (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Yes hahaha Demon style...

  • Daniel Veintimilla

    Daniel Veintimilla gave props (17 Aug 2008):

    like the explotion and the angle

  • Edel Barrett

    Edel Barrett said (17 Aug 2008):

    fantastic shot man!!! Really love it!!! Love the colour and the composition. the atmosphere is brilliant! Epic capture!

  • esther

    esther said (17 Aug 2008):


  • Fried M. Khan

    Fried M. Khan gave props (17 Aug 2008):

    ultra crazeee =D

  • Grace Noel

    Grace Noel gave props (17 Aug 2008):

    You have certainly got some talent.

  • Howard Grill

    Howard Grill said (17 Aug 2008):

    great shot...definitely looks like a pro promo shot!

  • Edson Ruiz

    Edson Ruiz said (18 Aug 2008):

    Excellent job. Great shot, i love the composition.

  • Guy with a camera

    Guy with a camera gave props (18 Aug 2008):


  • Gilbert Juanim

    Gilbert Juanim said (18 Aug 2008):

    speechless! wowwwwwww!!

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Adrian Rodriguez gave props (18 Aug 2008):

    Great Angle

  • Nora Kubach

    Nora Kubach (Deleted) gave props (18 Aug 2008):

    hahaha whoaaaa what is going on!? I love it!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) said (18 Aug 2008):

    I love the work on lighting, research and composition. Very well done.

  • Felipe Garza

    Felipe Garza said (18 Aug 2008):

    Interesting composition forming a triangle. Images cropped, so it adds some drama.
    I would like to see more of the face of the performer in blue. He is a little bit overexposed, so it draws a lot of attention. I tink that it would be better to have a little bit more balance
    Great work.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (19 Aug 2008):

    Superb and perfect for the theme! Always can use a good "Mwa ha ha ha ha!"

  • James Spicer

    James Spicer said (19 Aug 2008):

    Great job! All of your photos look so cinematic that I expect them to start moving.

  • J. B.

    J. B. gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    i really like it when stuff explodes.

  • David McClymont

    David McClymont said (25 Aug 2008):

    great photo!!!!tooooo much fun

  • Amanda Means

    Amanda Means gave props (27 Aug 2008):

    Hey you did it!! They picked you!! Way to go man!!

  • Nora Kubach

    Nora Kubach (Deleted) gave props (27 Aug 2008):

    yay!!!! :D

  • Adi GEDHEK Kalingga

    Adi GEDHEK Kalingga (Deleted) gave props (30 Aug 2008):

    excellent moment, expressions, and awesome... hehehhe...

  • Margherita Bettinelli

    Margherita Bettinelli said (14 Jul 2009):

    that's impressive!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    This is very awesome!!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    What fun!

  • Curtis Hazuka

    Curtis Hazuka gave props (18 Jan 2010):

    what the. hahaha funny really captures the theme. nice

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (19 Jan 2010):

    Cool find! Well done.

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (19 Jan 2010):

    nice photo

  • Desiree Adams

    Desiree Adams gave props (19 Jan 2010):

    LOL Cool shot! Fits the theme! Brava!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (28 Jan 2010):

    A well deserved hot..

  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (16 Feb 2010):

    very fun !

  • Vahid Akhundzadeh

    Vahid Akhundzadeh gave props (18 Feb 2010):

    Wonderful photo. Bravo mi amigo!

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