Tango Audio Slide show

Don't click this, it's just a screen grab!!!

I posted an audio slide show about Tango in Buenos Aires….I think NG Traveler will have it up on their site too, but not sure where. This was originally going to have an interview narration with a Tango anthropologist and was going to be more educational, but then my editor said just do it a lot of dance pictures and snappy music, and I thought, why not?

Ordinarily, I HATE going out and shooting nightlife. First of all, it all starts too late (don’t you people have something to do during the daylight hours????). Secondly, everybody’s having fun, and you’re the nerd with the camera and the lightpole and no life and everybody would just prefer that you go away….

But…I loved documenting tango. I actually looked forward to getting up in the middle of the night to go out. It’s such a beautiful, passionate dance, and the Portenos were so warm and welcoming to my presence. I was blown away by the artistry of the dancers, whether the pros on stage during a show, or folks at a neighborhood milonga.  It’s the real deal, it’s a lifestyle.

And I was privileged to have been a close witness to it. That’s why, despite all the bullsh… about our business lately, it’s just so cool that this camera gives you entree into so many different worlds.

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  1. Jack Kurtz February 15, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    It’s perfect. And FWIW, I love the caption on the screen grab. Which I should have read before clicking on the photo. Great job. Required geek question, was audio recorded by you or another source. It’s outstanding.


    • Bob February 15, 2010 at 8:58 am #

      Jack, It’s a track from the band Fernandez Fierro—they’re the guys playing behind the chain link fence in the one shot. I just had to shorten the track by a verse. cheers, Bob

  2. Howard February 15, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    As a regular contributor to http://www.ice-dance.com I “feel your pain”. Although I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to photograph couples, I do stand in freezing cold ice arenas to photograph ice dancers, sometimes all day long. Unfortunately the only real challenge is the poor lighting. In most rinks, its mercury vapor with its flickering and color shifting properties. Flash is verboten in figure skating so that option is not even a consideration.

    • Bob February 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

      Howard: The sacrifices we make for our art. Although it sounds like you’re making a few more than I am! Love photographing dancers though, on the ice or the dancefloor! Bob

  3. Michael Tissington February 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    This is great … now I have to put on my tango shoes and cart all my photo gear back to Buenos Aires at the same time … if I could find a way to earn money over there at the same time, I’d be back in an instance.

  4. clark February 15, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Wow! You are really, really good.

    • Bob February 16, 2010 at 8:14 am #

      Clark: I wish you were an editor! Bob

  5. Jacques Babin February 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    Did you use Soundslides as usual?

    • Bob February 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

      Hi Jacques: Yes, I did.

      I keep trying to use FotoMagico, because it can incorporate film clips and has many more output options, but there are so many glitches and just plain user-unfriendly quirks with that program that I keep going back to Soundslides Plus.

      I’m never quite happy with the smoothness of the Ken Burns effect in Soundslides Plus, but it’s infinitely easier to use than Fotomagico, so I keep going back. Bob

  6. Dave Hutchinson February 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    Beautiful Bob.. Loved the dance sequences. Great work as usual.