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Tanna (Tah)
Sitting on the rim of the Yasur volcano at dusk is probably one of the most mindblowing experience you can have. Something you MUST see in your life, which will leave you scared, respectful and thankful of the place where leaving on.

The John Frum tribe is the traditional guardian of the Mount Yasur Volcano. They are also known for the cargo cult, and every saturday night from 7PM until dawn, they will gather in the central village hut and sing and dance all night, praising for the Yasur not to get angry and  for John Frum to bring back wealth with his white cargo.
Registred camera CANON EOS 5D with CANON EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (Reflex camera)
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This one is by far my favorite of them all.  Not that the others aren't good, but these just stand out the most to me.  I didn't notice it was a diptych until I read through some of the notes below.  Its as if theyre surrounding the fire in the background the volcano is erupting away just a litle too close.  Very nice.
This one is so brilliant I'm not even sure how to deal with it in words (and I'm a bloody professional, buddy...)

a) This is hands down the most effective, impactful diptych I have ever seen
b) It is also one of the most distinguished uploads ever on PH
c) It strikes me as a kind of summum of everything you've ever come within striking distance of in your photography. It is immensely sophisticated yet hits you at the gut level like a distant base drum resounding through hills at night.
d) The slice of bewutiful BLUE above then gives way to that magnificent ball of FRED before yildeding to BLACK below, like a tripartite flag for sad Vanatu.

You have hit the jackpot here, L, big time!
Yeah, maybe it's best to join the others and say "crazy good'' and leave it at that.  We can only smile at the brilliance to put these two shots together like this, literalizing that old saw, Under the Volcano.  Without seeing the shots, one would shake one's head at the notion and say, oh, that sounds preposterous.  But perhaps doing the preposterous is where great art comes from.  In this case, the two images are so lovely in and of themselves -- the structure of the light and dark forms, the curves and arcs, the harmony of their compositions.  But then, to put them together in this way that brings them into this dialectic . . .   I mean, you continue to see them as individual ideas, which are both intriguing and mezmerizing.  But at the same time, you also see them as one playful, literalization of a mythological story -- the guardians of the volcano, under the volcano, demiurges giving life to the volcano, smouldering in the night, while the great fire god explodes above them, itself a servant of the cool blue sky god . . ..  And this is the thing -- at least for me -- you see both those visions at the same time in this dyptich.  You see them the way you see one of those crazy optical illusions that represent two images at once, and just by changing the focus or point of contact of your eye, you switch back and forth between them.  That, for me, is the where the transcedence of this work can be found. 

Or, again . . . crazy, man.

PS.  As I'm writting this in the early morning hours, I happen to have on the wall by my side a pitiful print of a bush-league 35mm shot I took of the Stromboli volcano exploding just after dusk as I was sitting on its rim about 10 years ago.  Probably as close as I have ever gotten to a similar experience.  Quite a magnificent thing to see -- and much more accessible to us occidentals.  If only I had known how to photograph it!

PPS.  The earthquake yesterday in Vanautu . . . I'm telling you, the gods must crazy for this photo essay, Luko.
Yeah crazy good!!!!
Of course a fav.

This is crazy...
Oh man! An amazing combination!!  Apart from the volcanic eruption that appears to be occurring right beside the makeshift shade, the color treatment and control on light are extraordinary.
Magique, vraiment