I went to Spain in 2003 and have been going back over those images, as I will not be able to take a vacation this year. A good portion of the intention of my visit there was to get an understanding of their culture and learn more about them. Bull fighting is foreign to me and I read Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon as prelude (bull fighting is a misnomer, as this is not a sport).
Attending a bull fight was certainly something I will not forget. I have previously posted bull fight images here and here. As it turned out, I had chosen to be in Madrid during their festival, so the best known matadors in the world were there, so what transpired was not the usual affair. I took a number of pictures then decided to look more at motion, so I slowed the shutter speed down, probably to about 1/8 second. Almost as soon as I did that, a bull literally flipped the matador into the air, an image I have that is more blur than anything else. I continued to shoot while things proceeded. The banderilleros rushed in as the matador hit the ground in an attempt to distract the bull, which is the point where I shot this particular image.
This is a Bromoil print made on Ektalure paper. I decided to scratch the print in an attempt to replicate the confusion and distress at the time.