James Sparshatt

El ensayo

Country  –   Cuba
Series     –   The rhythms of Cuba
Year        –    2002


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El Ensayo (the rehearsal) was taken during the Romerias de Mayo festival in Holguin Cuba. The troupe were preparing for a performance of Afro-Cuban dance and were using an abandoned colonial era building as a studio. I sat with the band most of the afternoon sharing a bottle of rum and waiting for a perfect moment.

As the sun set and light streamed through a doorway there she was. Proud and erect, of a mixed hertiage, owning the space. I raised my range finder medium format camera, adjusted the focus and with a barely perceptible click took a photo of strength and dignity.

James Sparshatt’s photographs of music and dance capture the emotion and intensity of people lost in the rhythm of the moment.

The work is available as silver gelatin and palladium platinum prints.
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