Flamenco (IX), Spain

Black and white picture of flamenco dancer feet and guitar players, Madrid, Spain

Flamenco (IX), Madrid, Spain

As a photographer, it’s easy to focus on the flamboyant dancers, but the musicians are an integral part of the art of Flamenco.

(See more pictures of Flamenco on Journey Photographic here)

68 thoughts on “Flamenco (IX), Spain

  1. this is a wonderful image caturing both the dancer and the guitarists in action and telling the story. I think the black and white was a good choice to simplify the image and add to the power.

  2. Thank you for this great photo! I was fortunate to see a flamenco performance in Madrid a few years ago. The lady who took us was a former flamenco dancer so she knew where to take us for an excellent performance.

    • It’s always good when you have someone to recommend quality shows – we didn’t, and had to trust to the luck of the draw. Of three performances, two were excellent, while one was very poor. (This photo is from one of the excellent ones.)

    • I had to argue with the staff that this seat would give me the pictures I wanted – they kept insisting I’d get better pictures from further back. They were trying to be genuinely helpful, but I knew the angle I wanted πŸ™‚

  3. It always interests me to see how much energy is exerted by the musicians and the way they put their bodies into it. In this case, it is fun to see how the one musician wants his ear as close to the sound as possible.

  4. I love that you get us to look at more than the expected and typical view. Spending as much time among artists of every sort as I do, I really appreciate that there are others aware and admiring of *all* parts of the production, who realize that it takes more than the star of the show, more than the moments experienced by the audience, to *make* the show. This captures that spirit.

    • Thanks very much Kathryn! ‘More than the expected and typical’ view was exactly what I wanted to show here – so much of flamenco photography focuses purely on the showy, spectacular dancers (especially the female and their dresses), but the other performers and details are equally as entrancing, just more subtle.

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