When in Spain, I’m doing the Flamenco thing. Love the drama, passion and melancholy of it all. Flamenco is an artistic expression fusing song (cante), dance (baile) and musicianship (toque) and has been recognized by UNESCO as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. And there are few places in Spain where this artform is better represented than Casa Patas in Madrid. Founded in 1985, Casa Patas has been the cultural focal point of the Madrid flamenco scene from its inception. It is also a restaurant and bar (had dinner there with my daughter before the show – didn’t regret it one bit).
So during our trip to Spain, I spent one night in Madrid and didn’t waste it. Made reservations (a must) a good month in advance and armed with the Fujifilm X-T3 and a few good lenses which I rented specifically for this trip (the good folks at Fujifilm made me an offer I couldn’t refuse), I was ready to put this camera to the test on my first night in Spain. And wow. Nothing against my Lumix GH4 (it’s been very very good to me) but the autofocus on this camera is so far superior – especially in low light. Shooting at Casa Patas was the first real test I had with this camera and I wasn’t disappointed. I think the photographs speak for themselves.
Dancers Cristian Pérez and Inmaculada Aranda