Photographer's Note

Flamenco singers and dancers talk about the "Duende" in Flamenco. This is a difficult concept that has been tranlated in many different ways. The dictinary's translation for this Spanish word is: 1. elf; 2.ghost; 3. to have charm 4. power to attract through magnetism. However, the concept has a deeper meaning.

The Spanish writer Garcia Lorca described "duende" as the black earthly power with which the artist battles and evokes in the moment of creation. He stressed that "duende" should not be identified with the Catholic devil or any other shallowly represented demon or evil. Duende is the spirit of the earth, ancient as the cycles of life and death that finds its way into our souls through an open relationship with death. Duende cannot repeat itself and is manifested uniquely to each individual and to each moment.

Duende has also been described as a moment of true inspiration, of unrepeatable beauty...when the art reaches its climax.

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