During a recent flamenco show “Espana on Fire” that happened at Ronnie Scott’s bar in Soho, I’ve had a chance to photograph fantastic dancers Lourdes Fernandez and Jesus Olmedo, who both currently live and perform in London. Fascinated by this art, I’ve created a few below flamenco dancers portraits, in their natural habitat. Having watched them and other performers before, I’ve researched the venue and came early to position myself close to the stage and keep that place despite the gathering crowd pushing in. It was a good spot both to observe and have an unobstructed view for the camera. I could not use flash to light the room as that would interrupt their show and could confuse the subjects, so tried to keep hands and camera steady to help with this task.
Flamenco is a very dynamic dance, with acoustic music and singing, dancers screaming and waving their clothes, rhythmically clapping hands. Often, they make very dramatic faces while focusing on steps and melody. Such were Lourdes and Jesus, with their fans sitting next to their feet. A very energetic performance indeed was better shown in black and white portraits, as these focus on the mood, poses and skills rather than shift the attention towards the colour (in this case, strong red walls would be too much of a distraction).