Union Vasca 2, 2005
They say Tango is “a sad thought danced,” though that’s only half the story.
Like all social dances, the couples in Tango drift counter-clockwise around the floor. It’s an attempt to stop time itself. Likewise, the steady pulse of the music often builds to suspended note, which hints to the tango dancer to pause with his partner. To outsiders, it may seem that for a second everyone is simply frozen in their embrace. Poised on the edge of movement. Those are the musical moments that make you squint your eyes and breathe in deeply, because you want to be overwhelmed by it all. But the tango marches on and in 3 minutes it is over, and another takes it’s place.
I made these photos to trying to connect with those still moments, when the dance becomes little more than an embrace. The photos also speak to those of us sitting alone at the table… watching and waiting for the invitation.
Bahia Blanca, Argentina