Continuing on from James’s story (Stranger #20) I had literally walked 10 steps before discovering my new stranger for the series – his name is Santos.
Melbourne’s Bourke St Mall is a very popular location not only for shopping but also for some very talented street performers. Santos is someone who has performed here for the last 11 years, showcasing his amazing guitar skills to the thousands of people in Melbourne and supporting his family by doing so. I had walked by his location earlier in the day and was captivated by his music, but with such a large crowd surrounding his performance it was virtually impossible to approach him. Fortunately for me, after finishing the photos for my previous stranger, Santos had also just stopped for a break – a perfect time to approach him and ask for his photo.
Santos immediately agreed and was more than happy to give me any details I wanted for my project. We ended up chatting for about 15mins just as if I had known him all my life. He was a wonderfully positive character and had a passion for his music, something that really shows when you see him perform.
Santos is a street performer (musician) and a teacher. His music is what he calls a fusion of Flamenco, Latin & Jazz. Its something you could sit down and listen to for hours on end. He has produced a few albums which can be brought from itunes and there are also numerous clips of him performing on youtube such as this. His philosophy is one of autonomy – to not to have a boss, its his motto so to speak.
He went on to tell me about how he came about playing the style of music he now plays. Santos was born in Australia and grew up in country Victoria on a tobacco farm. Whilst on his farm as a child a Spanish family came to share-farm with them and the father of that family was a very talented guitar player. From that moment Santos grew a love for the Spanish genre and has now come up with his own fusion style that captivates the audiences of Melbourne’s shopping district.
As well as his musical talents Santos also teaches Astrotheology and Sovereignty, something that when he explained to me at the time went straight over my head. He is very passionate about the subject and has posted many videos on youtube about it which can be seen at his youtube channel.
After swapping business cards I immediately had spotted another person walking in the street that I would like to capture for my series and was on my way. More to come on that soon 🙂
Thank you Santos for being apart of my project and taking the time out of your day to go through your story with me, it was a pleasure. If your ever in Melbourne and walking down Bourke St be sure to be on the lookout for Santos and have a listen – you’ll be amazed.