“…….Flamenco is a story-telling art……… You cannot invent without leaning on past traditions. Innovation can only come from knowing your past, if you negate your past, there will be no depth to Flamenco. It will simply become meaningless banging feet, gesticulating arms, funny faces and wild skirts without understanding the true nobility which is embodied in true Flamenco…………”. These are the sobering words of Silvia Duran, my friend whom I’ve mentioned before and who is a world renowned expert, proponent, teacher and practitioner of Spanish Dance and a castanet virtuoso.
My feelings are exactly the same about Photography/Art/Science/Literature/Mathematics/Tiddlywinks and any of the other Creative Human Activities. Without the history/basics/A-B-C/building blocks there is no foundation to nurture and develop the creative talents. There is no way to push the boundaries because the boundaries are unknown due to the ignorance of the basics and thus the so-called creativity becomes an empty hollow shell of pseudo-whatever without any substance.
This is not going to be another diatribe on the cop-out attitudes of the ‘younger/micro-chip generation’ and their reliance on electronics to replace basic education/knowledge. I simply mentioned it because, to me, the above statement says it all with no further comment necessary.