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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

21st Century Dijiridu


Visitors to Sydney often stop and listen to street dijiridu players. Most performers are aborigines, who had enough commercial sense to start an entertainment company and record their music. This young man proved that you do not have to be aboriginal to play well. Usually the music is a fusion between traditional tunes and modern beats.

It is not uncommon for the street performers to use modern PA systems. However, as far as moder equipment goes this is the first time I have seen a computer used in street performance in the role of the sequencer and a drum machine.

Street Performers


“Don’t waste your film on dead structures, photograph the street live” that was the call that attracted me to this aboriginal

dijiridu player:


When I was passing him this musician from Trinidad and Tobago was playing John Lennon’s “Imagine” on steel drums:

This is a strange and difficult form of performing art: still poses. The lady could hold the pose without any obvious movement for a very, very long time: