James Sparshatt

La pasión

Location  –   Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Series     –   Rhythms of Emotion
Year        –    2022


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La Pasión 2022

Flamenco is an expression of life’s emotions… of love, anger, sorrow and joy.  Of passion and all the things that it drives us to.

Andalusian flamenco was born in the Gitano or Gypsy communities of southern Spain. It involves a combination of  cante (song), baile (dance), and toque (the art of guitar playing).

Flamenco transmits the deepest emotions of life and love from passion to anger and sadness; from joy to pain and fear.  La pasión, la ira, la tristeza, la alegria, el dolor and el miedo  through body language and facial expression.

At its best the intensity of the music takes both performer and audience alike on an emotional journey in which they become one with the Duende or spirit of life.  Every scintilla is invested in the song and the beat such that the world around them for a short interlude becomes meaningless.

Jerez de la Frontera

“At the end, everything is sorrow and joy,” Camarón de la Isla.

James Sparshatt‘s black and white portraits are a search for a connection with a world of emotions.  His photographs from the streets of Havana, the milongas of Buenos Aires, the jazz clubs of New Orleans and bars of Andalucia capture the spirit of music in populations wher it is the very lifeblood and expression of life.

His fine art photographs are available as beautiful, traditional silver gelatin prints, as delicious palladium platinum prints produced by 31 Studio – The Platinum Print Room – recognised masters of this printing art form and in a larger format on archival Hahnemuhle rag paper.  Each paper has been chosen for its outstanding quality to satisfy both discerning collectors and first time buyers looking for a beautiful image for their home.
La tristeza
El duende

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