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Apocalyptic Whipcracking

November 14, 2013

“Whipcracking is the act of producing a cracking sound through the use of a whip.  Originating during mustering and horse driving/riding, it has become an art of its own.  A rhythmic whipcracking belongs to the traditional culture among various Germanic peoples of Bavaria, various Alpine areas, Austria, and Hungary.  Today it is performance art, a part of rodeo shows in the United states, a competitive sport in Australia and increasingly popular in the United Kingdom, where it crosses boundaries of sport, hobby and performance.” (Wikipedia-The Free Dictionary)

Apocalyptic Whipcracking 1

I recently had the opportunity to photograph some the most talented whipcrackers (and whipmakers) in the U.S.  This location in a Southwestern U.S. desert, nicknamed “The Apocalypse” by the locals, was perhaps the most unusual, the most challenging and ultimately the most rewarding photo shoot I have had thus far.  It was a warm, dry day and not a cloud in the sky.  The results were “Apocalyptic”!

Apocalyptic Whipcracking

SoCal 1 (145)   SoCal 1 (154)

To see more photos from this shoot, click on the below link:

For more information about whips and the art of whipcracking, visit:

Mid West Whips:

The Whip Chick:

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