It is with great pleasure that we feature a very special image taken recently by professional photographer, Thibault Cresp from Paris, France.

This image is special because it’s real. It’s off-the-cuff journalism at its best. We love the raw, grainy, rock style. Its gritty, passionate, provocative and honest. Stage lights deepen the shadows and saturate the musicians faces, bringing out their emotion as they play, focussed on the music they are making together. Pause a moment and breath in the atmosphere. Sepia effects freeze the image forever. A moment in time. And that tattoo… Phew… Tango rocks!

Thibault? What’s the story?

“I was coming from Cafe Vinilo in Buenos Aries. It’s a very nice place with ‘musica en vivo’. I was on my way to Salon Canning for the la Tipica Sans Souci concert with my friend Ralph Nasi who had been invited to DJ that night. We made a quick stop enroute at this casual little milonga located in CIRCE Fábrica de Arte, where we knew el Cachivache was about to play.

We had very little time because I had to be at Salon Canning to record a tango performance. We stayed at the little milonga for the first two songs. I had to run quick, switching on my lens just at the last minute but in time to get a panoramic shot of the whole group on stage. Dancers were all around me, at my back and blocking my view in front of me but, I kept shooting. The band were just starting to warm up and already the mood in the whole place was really welcoming. Fans, dancers and the public were crowded into that little place. The light was perfect.”

Why do you love this shot?

The perfect balance of dynamics between the movement of the musicians as they play together, the seriousness of the bandeonnist with his tattoo and bad boy style with a full view of the bandoneon opened gently like a book. Its the perfect composition that lets the eye travel easily up to the gentle smile of the violinist.

The camera?

Sony A7Riii with a Sony lens 55mm 1,8 et batis 25mm


Pictured from left: Vito Venturino (guitar), Adriano De Vita (bandoneon), Bruno Giutini (violin), Pacha Mendes (bass). Out of shot: Pablo Montanelli (piano).

Photographer’s page: Thibault Cresp Photographie

About the band: El Cachivache Tango

About the shoot: As part of the SHOOT! Featured tango photography project, our aim is to recognise the talent and skill of tango photographers around the world by presenting their favourite image on Tangofolly.

How to feature your photo: If you would like to feature an image on Tangofolly email Rita in the first instance.

Story posted by: Rita Maree Horne

About the author: Social Dancer, Writer from Edinburgh

Collaborating with: Thibault Cresp

Published: 23 Mar 2019 @ 19:35

Last modified: 24 Oct 2021 @ 05:57

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