A World of Street Performers: A Photo Essay by Samuel Jeffery
Since I’m off “working” in the Galapagos with Gecko’s Adventures I’ve decided to open up a space for a guest post. Samuel Jeffery is a traveller plain and simple. Although he may be fairly new to the travel blogging/writing/photographing scene he is no stranger to travel itself. He has been on the road for six years now, and basically does whatever he can to keep his itchy feet moving. Moreover, Samuel is a really good guy, and at the end of the day that’s what matters most. So with great honour I’m going to open the floor to Nomadic Samuel.
When defining the ‘magic moments’ of travel experiences one often has a myriad of possibilities to consider. For some it’s the famous tourist attractions and for others it’s meaningful interaction with locals. In particular, I’m often most impressed with performers delighting audiences with their mesmerizing talents. The entertainment often isn’t confined to one particular area and may include tourist attractions, landmarks, stadiums, palaces or directly on the street.
The following photos essay is a visual collection of some of the most vivid memories I had during my nearly two year backpacking expedition across South America, The Far East, Southeast Asia and the Subcontinent. One will experience the diversity in culture of each region; however, one thing remains constant throughout – the passion & willingness of the individual performers to entertain the crowd.
A passionate Chinese comrade performers for an audience on the street – Guilin, China.
This smiling local plays guitar and flute while flashing off his infectious smile – Cuzco, Peru
A Thai boy break-dances on the street for an audience of both foreigners and Thais – Khao San Road: Bangkok, Thailand.
A Korean equestrian performer reaches for red ribbon as the boy cheers her on – Korea Folk Village: Yongin, South Korea.
A man dressed up as the equivalent of Spider Man turned Argentine fan boldly poses for the camera – Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A Thai man plays drums during a rock concert held just outside the Chatuchak Market – Bangkok, Thailand.
A Korean man performs an impressive stunt on a tightrope – Korean Folk Village: Yongin, South Korea.
A boy dazzles spectators with an indescribable performance with swords and knives – Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A lady elegantly manoeuvres across the public square and fountain area of Millennium Park – Chicago, Illinois.
A Korean man leaps onto a galloping horse during an equestrian performance – Korean Folk Village: Yongin, South Korea.
These performers had some of most elaborate and bizarre costumes during the Fiesta del Gran Poder – La Paz, Bolivia.
A Korean boy flashes an authentic smile as he performs for a large audience – Folk Village: Yongin, South Korea.
A snake charmer plays his musical instrument – Jaipur, India.
Samuel Jeffery is the wizard behind the curtain pulling the strings of NomadicSamuel.com, a travel blog that is miles away from ordinary; dripping with sarcasm. As a long term vagabond (6 consecutive years on the road) Samuel is sharing his photos, videos & quirky travel stories, along with photography tips, interviews, esl tips, reviews and general travel advice as a way to vicariously experiences what it is like to backpack or to plan your own journey of a lifetime.