In this series, we dig a little deeper into the photographic process behind some of the coolest shot we’ve seen.

Photographer: Christine Schindler

“I was accompanying a friend to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as she started training in contortion. I took this shot during a contortion training session at Pyramid Circus. A standard contortion position for warm up and performance, the girls would hold this position for 10-15 seconds at a time.

As the youngest and smallest, Khutsay (age 5) caught my attention with the ease she placed herself in the position. As the training room was full of distracting, unavoidable objects and colours, I chose a black and white filter to draw specific attention to the subject and her position.”

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