The next stranger in my series is someone who I’ve seen perform now many times in the streets of Santa Monica, and still manages to bring a smile to my face every time I see it. Stranger #4 is Jason – a professional acrobat for almost 40 years and performance artist; and also my first male subject for the project.
When first coming to Los Angeles over two months ago, me and my girlfriend would often walk around and see many performers in Santa Monica’s streets. One of the first I had seen was the performance by Jason, whereby he manages to flick bowls and other objects from his foot onto his head. He also has a special treat for the audience as the final act.
On this particular day, after he had finished a performance I wandered over and asked him if he would be willing to be apart of the project. He said he would love to and proceeded to go to his bag for a business card to give me – all before I had even taken a single frame. From there he introduced himself to me, as did I, an exchange of cards took place and we were then ready to shoot.
He is such a kind-hearted man that it was almost impossible to get a shot of him without any sort of grin, but it matches his personality perfectly. After my traditional close-up shot first I then said I’d move back a little and get a few more. Next thing I know, he had the bowls back on top of his head and was smiling away.
I’ve also recorded his street performance which you can see here. If your ever in the 3rd St Promenade of Santa Monica and see Jason, feel free to say hi and tell him David the Australian sent you 😉
Later that night when I got home I took a look at the website link he had given me and found out that not only can Jason perform wonderfully here in Santa Monica, but he has also been on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform, and on top of that – he did the same routine on a unicycle!!! He’s also received an award from Governor Arnold Schwarzengger for his outstanding performances. OMG indeed!!
So to one of the kindest and good-hearted strangers I have met to date, thank you Jason for being apart of my project. If you’d like to check out more of Jason’s work visit his website.