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I went to Spain in 2003 and have been going back over those images, as I will not be able to take a vacation this year.  A good portion of the intention of my visit there was to get an understanding of their culture and learn more about them.  Bull fighting is foreign to me and I read Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon as prelude (bull fighting is a misnomer, as this is not a sport).

Attending a bull fight was certainly something I will not forget.  I have previously posted bull fight images here and here.  As it turned out, I had chosen to be in Madrid during their festival, so the best known matadors in the world were there, so what transpired was not the usual affair.  I took a number of pictures then decided to look more at motion, so I slowed the shutter speed down, probably to about 1/8 second.  Almost as soon as I did that, a bull literally flipped the matador into the air, an image I have that is more blur than anything else.  I continued to shoot while things proceeded.  The banderilleros rushed in as the matador hit the ground in an attempt to distract the bull, which is the point where I shot this particular image.

This is a Bromoil print made on Ektalure paper.  I decided to scratch the print in an attempt to replicate the confusion and distress at the time.

I went to Spain in 2003 and have been going back over those images, as I will not be able to take a vacation this year.  A good portion of the intention of my visit there was to get an understanding of their culture and learn more about them.  Bull fighting is foreign to me and I read Hemmingway’s Death in the Afternoon as prelude (bull fighting is a misnomer, as this is not a sport).

Attending a bull fight was certainly something I will not forget.  I have previously posted bull fight images here and here. (https://glsmyth.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/dance-with-death/) (https://glsmyth.wordpress.com/2007/03/07/death-in-the-afternoon/)  As it turned out, I had chosen to be in Madred during their festival, so the best known matadors in the world were there.  I took a number of pictures then decided to look more at motion, so I slowed the shutter speed down, probably to about 1/8 second.  Almost as soon as I did that, a bull literally flipped the matador into the air, an image I have that is more blur than anything else.  I continued to shoot while things proceeded.  The banderilleros rushed in as the matador hit the ground in an attempt to distract te bull, which is the point where I shot this particular image.

This is a Bromoil print made on Ektalure paper.  I decided to scratch the print in an attempt to replicate the confusion and distress of the time.

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