Saturday evening in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I stumbled into a club advertising an evening of flamenco. The musicians, singer and dancer were extraordinary. I pulled out my camera and shot 10 minutes of video from right in front of the stage.
I was in Santa Fe for a class at the Santa Fe Photography Workshop. Sunday evening, our week-long class, Video Storytelling began. I decided to build my project around my flamenco footage.
Through a series of phone calls and emails, I managed to get a meeting with the guitar player, Joaquin Gallegos, for a video interview. I filmed him for 35 minutes in his Santa Fe apartment. Joaquin’s insights about flamenco and his deep commitment to it, made the video sizzle.
By Friday I had my two-minute project completed. Hope you will watch this short, remarkable video about an amazing artist who has committed his life to this music.
Joaquin points out that flamenco is:
1) emotional – alternatively sad, joyous, powerful;
2) transcendent when done by a group in tune with each other;
3) deeply spiritual.