The first of two sets of low sensitivity, long shutter speed, narrow aperture photographs of a respected and talented fire-dancer. To capture images which authentically represent this high intensity artform it was necessary to practice moving with the performer during many sessions over a period of several years. The performer doesn’t follow set routines and continually moves, so to maintain focus without asking that he restrict his movements requires moving in step with him. Staying close to the performer creates an intimacy in the images and adds to the danger and dynamism of the captured movements, qualities which would be lacking in images taken from a distance using a long lens. The white balance has been adjusted to show fully the wide range of tones captured in the flames.