And off I went to sunny Andalusia, the homeland of flamenco music, to meet Antonio in his small workshop where he handcrafts cajones, the genuine flamenco percussion instruments, and Elías, who masterly plays them.
Quite a drive to get there, but the last stage was very rewarding, as roads led through the endless sunflower fields in full blossom in Guadalquivir Valley:
(More Andalusian landscapes can be found HERE).
One of the definitely great things of shooting professions and crafts is that you learn about many artistic fields and background you otherwise would not have even got in touch with. So I found out that the cajón is a Peruvian origin instrument that has been embraced by flamenco musicians for several decades and is now spreading to other genres and artists as well.
It all starts with a pretty carpentry looking process, though the smoothness and flexibility of the wood used already hints that this is not going to be a chest of drawers.
Now the main frame has carefully being crafted, the instrument starts to come into shape
Well, not exactly, there are a few things hidden in the entrails. I saw them but was told it is a zealously kept secret. So I am keeping it, too!
The whole shoot can be found HERE