This month we feature a very special photo and perhaps one of our, all-time favourite photos of ‘tango culture’. A collage of personalities, emotions, expression and positive energy, it is a pleasure to look at each beautiful face in turn. And I am reminded of the joy tango brings.

The performers, Sebastian Achaval and Roxana Suarez, entertain the audience during the Lodz Tango Salon Festival 2015.

The shot was taken by the tango photographer, Elzbieta Petryka, using a Panasonic Lumix DX7 camera.

We asked Elzbieta why she loves this image:

“Artists say that the audience is a co-creator of the overal performance. I sometimes wonder about this statement. Would the performance be different if the audience reacted differently or did not react at all? This photo shows the direct interaction between dancers and audience. Here the audience is no longer just a background.”

Why are the audience laughing?

“I do not know why they laugh. For a moment I thought I should find the recording and check but then I realized that I do not want to know. Let this be a mystery.”

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: Elzbieta Petryka

Published: 9 Jan 2018 @ 10:42

Last modified: 24 Oct 2021 @ 05:55

Comments (2)

Hayssam Hoballah (No profile page...) commented:
I think I know why they were laughing!! If I remember right from the demo video, I think Sebastian as he and Roxana were dancing reached to the crowd of dancers sitting on the floor, and patted one of them on the head in the passing by. It looked very funny indeed ! 🙂
Posted 16 Jan 2018 @ 11:32 | Last modified 8 Jun 2019 @ 09:41 | View and share
Rita Maree Horne (Author) replied:
Ahhhh that explains! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Posted 19 Jan 2018 @ 10:22 | Last modified 8 Jun 2019 @ 09:51 | View and share
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