I was surprised by this photograph, a fast shutter speed freezes something we never see, the delicate balance, the fine judgement of the man on the Flying Trapeze.

It’s a life and death act we take for granted, but here he is frozen almost in hesitation. His left hand delicately poised. Is the bar where it should be to make it safely back?

The catcher’s face seems to be sharing the same thought. If he’s got it wrong we’ll all know in the next split second.

But they hardly ever get it wrong, they are so practiced they make it look easy, so we take it all for granted.

But just now, in this second, his life hangs in all its fragility in mid air and darkness.


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