25 August 2007

Julio-So, I didn't cop out. I tried to learn the salsa in a local club called Riki's, where one of the surviving members of the disbanded Buena Vista Social Club, Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera, plays a quick set every Wednesday night. Usually late, always unexected, he might show up, he might not. I've caught him a couple of times (me and my friend Amy have become his official "groupies") but last night he jammed for three hours and I totally forgot about learning salsa, grabbed my camera, and just tried to capture the energy in the room. At some point, everyone forgot they were in a restaurant, put the chairs aside, and just danced. I didn't want to use my flash, I felt it would somehow alter the mood, but now I'm really glad I didn't. These abstractions capture it completely and I'm blown away to realize that if someone asked me to describe the salsa for them, i probably couldn't. but i would show them these. su amiga gringa, Jessie

Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera jams and yes, he's just as cool in person...


LexeyJane said...

Jessie! these pictures are BEAUTIFUL!! My favorite so far.

lackofintellect said...

Hey I ran into a crazy German last night that is visiting Naples, but has been in Antigua last month and will be back for more espanol lessons.

He's stayed at the Black Cat before, I told him that he should say hi to you for us(Tristan and I spoke with him).

Small world after all!

Great photos, as always, I enjoy following your adventures!