Photographer's Note

This was the boy's performance debut. He is the son of a practicing Sufi dancer (whirling Dervish), who both practices his faith and gives public performances.
The picture was taken in a restaurant (the Umayyad Palace Restaurant) which is located below ground, in what was probably the pantry of a palace that was destroyed many generations ago.
This was part of a long series of photographs of the whirling dervishes, taken as part of a multi-week study/interview and (to my mind) seems to capture the mystical mood of the performance.
The trick to photographing the dancers, who are spinning very quickly, is to push the shutter at the instant when their back is to you. By the time the shutter snaps, the subject will be facing you.
this is a scan of a print, and shows annoying white spots under magnification, despite the fact that the glass was clean -- Any suggestions as to how to avoid this would be appreciated.

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