Well, my time in Buenos Aires is drawing to a close. I won’t be able to share any pictures from the assignment with you until National Geographic Traveler publishes the story (in February, I think). In the meantime, I have to share these behind the scenes shots.
The shot on the left was taken at the Feria de Mataderos, a street fair on the fringes of Buenos Aires. I was shooting the street dancing when a local lady grabbed me and pulled me out to dance. It’s a quick little two-step, called a zamba, that I was able to figure out fast, so I was able to keep up. It’s always a good idea to join in the fun, at least for a little while, to break the ice with the locals.
A couple of guys in gaucho getup came up to me after this number and called me “Meeester Fred Ah-Stare!” We had a good laugh and then they let me photograph them doing their thing during the rest of the afternoon. In fact, I got nods and smiles from many of the locals after my little two-step. There weren’t many foreign tourists at this event and I guess I stood out.
But being willing to make a bit of a fool of yourself is often a way to endear yourself to the locals and a great way to get some pictures…works for me at least!
The other picture, with the tango dancer Claudia in Caminito de Boca?
Well, there’s no photo lesson there. Claudia and her dance partner were modeling for me, and I just wanted a picture with a pretty young dancer to keep Peggy guessing. Yes, we’ve been married 35 years, but she shouldn’t get too overconfident.
Actually, Bernardo said it looked more like a beautiful dancer sitting on Santa Claus’s lap than a sexy tango pose. Maybe that’s why Peggy is so confident….
So, when it comes to dancing, I ain’t quitting my day (and night) job…but I am entertaining several offers of seasonal employment from department stores and shopping malls!