one of the perks of practicing diabolo in public places is that people sometimes stop what they're doing, watch you for a bit, pull out a camera and take the odd snap. and on rare occasions said snapper just happens to have a big expensive camera with an unfeasibly large lens. well it's either that or a dog snapping at your heels when you're in the middle of a particularly tricky behind-the-back reverse suicide grind, or a bunch of kids surrounding you shouting, 'do indiana jones!'
these photos were taken by a nice chap called jon savage who has a bag full of unfeasibly large lenses and a slick website to boot. if you live near edinburgh and need a pro photographer for a wedding or something, I'm sure you'll want to drop him a line: www.jonsavagephotography.com
easter weekend on the shores of loch lomond.
much fun was had walking and cycling around the loch, viewing the beautiful scottish landscape, and... spinning an hourglass shaped piece of plastic on a bit of string.
above is my first attempt at putting together a full length diabolo performance video. what do you think, any good? there's a larger version of the video with better sound at this link.
thanks to twilite for letting me use their song in this video. you can find out all about them here.
is there a name for the phenomenon where two flowers grow out of the same stem end like this? I'd really like to know...
EDIT: apparently it's called 'fascination'!
it was an impulse buy... as much as I love my brightly coloured glary taibolos, I just couldn't shake the thought that owning a jet black diabolo would be completely awesome. so I bought a black taibolo super v2 and a reel of black string, and covered up the diabolo's washers (which are white) with black tape.
now I'm feeling truly evil... bwahahahahahaaa!!
taniwha's comment re last set of pics: "I like 5 the most. It looks like you are fishing with it somehow."
this is how you go fishing with a diabolo, mr t...
I've been spinning diabolo for about a year now. here are some of the locations where playing 'the devil on two sticks' was the most enjoyable...
1 portobello beach, edinburgh
2 the mound, new town, edinburgh
3 outside the scottish parliament, edinburgh
4 on the national monument, calton hill, edinburgh
5 oban harbour, argyll and bute, scotland
6 near ilkley, yorkshire moors, england
7 portobello beach (again!), edinburgh
8 cramond, edinburgh
9 erm... somewhere in edinburgh's old town. I performed a diabolo routine at an event run by top psychology bloke richard wiseman, pictured here with one of my diabolos.
I remember reading about the vienna secession movement when I was a teenager. spearheaded by the mighty gustav klimt, it marked a radical departure from the established viennese art scene of the late 1800s. I remember being completely enamoured with the whole idea of these artists rebelling against the art establishment and creating fresh and beautiful new things, albeit with massive financial backing from their wealthy donor friends.
this is what most caught my attention: the secession, a unique art nouveau styled building with what looks like a golden cabbage sitting on its top, decked out with classical greco-roman trimmings and natural elements, sitting with a charming arrogance with its back to the rest of the city. it was designed specifically to house the secession artists' own works of art, and to wave two fingers up at the traditionalists.
this is one of my favourite buildings, and it was a huge thrill to finally meet it 'in the flesh.' the inscription above the entrance and below the cabbage reads, 'to every age its art and to art its freedom.'
...moblogging it will do. here's what you get from a wee stroll around town:
1 - museumkwartier
2 - vienna hofburg
3 - hoher markt*
4 - schwarzenbergplatz
5 - lower belvedere (gold cabinet**)
6 - cafe central
* the apartments behind this big advert are luxurious art nouveau beauties, dripping with classic viennese style and panache. they're also incredibly expensive. to get an impression of the kind of person who might own one of these apartments, consider the slogan used by palais principe to advertise them: 'You don't have to live in these apartments to love Vienna. Owning them will do.' ouch. now that's just pure self-indulgence!
** I'll probably get my legs blown off for taking a picture in here. don't tell anyone...