Viral Photographer Spins Round In Sand To Take Mad Snaps

Story By: John FengSub-Editor:  Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report 

Video Credit: AsiaWire

This footage showing a photographer’s unique technique which sees him spinning around with a camera while his legs are buried in sand has been seen over five million times and has more than a million likes.

Wedding photographer Chen Dao, 27, plies his trade on the tropical beaches of Sanya in China’s southernmost province of Hainan.

Mr Chen’s popular video has drawn nearly 30,000 comments since it was posted on 24th November.

Picture Credit: AsiaWire / Chen Dao

The clip shows him taking a couple’s wedding pictures on a beach, and asking the newlyweds to run in a circle around him as he snaps them in motion.

Mr Chen anchors himself in the sand by burying his legs up to his knees.

Using his apparently very strong core muscles, the photographer then spins round and round as the couple does circles in front of him.

The amusing technique has been dubbed ‘roly-poly’ due to its resemblance to tumbler or wobbly toy dolls which never fall over no matter which direction they are pushed in.

Mr Chen revealed he attempted the technique after roly-poly became a trending topic recently thanks to a dance performance in Xi’an, in north-western Shaanxi Province.

He runs the Sanya Weini wedding photography studio and has experimented with several shoots this way since.

Mr Chen admitted his hips were very sore the next day.

When asked whether the special technique produced any significantly different photos, Mr Chen told told Asia Wire: “When I take pictures of them going in circles, it’s as if they are running.

“Also, the shots are at a slightly upward angle.”

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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