The story behind this picture of a fire dancer can be read at Matthew’s blog, where the photographer writes about his enduring fascination with fire.
In summary, the entire photo shoot involved a lot of standing around in the cold murky water of the Willamette during the dark. There’s a couple more of the shots on his photostream, including a rather spectacular shot in the water with the moon trail (also blogged).
I rather admire a good fire-dancer (the fanciest trick in that vein that I can manage is a basic 3-ball juggle with no fire involved). A friend of mine is a clown doctor and stilt walker who is rather more impressive than I. Any hoydenizens out there got any good party tricks?