Tango in Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires (Argentina), September, 2011. Camera: Lomo Action Sampler - Photos: Melissa Becker

Tango in Buenos Aires

What’s more difficult: dance a tango or take good shots of people dancing?

I love photos from concerts, shows and plays, and I’ve done some concerts (here and here, for example). However, since university I know I have to improve my skills in order to have a bigger variety of great shots in these cases – changing lights and fast movements are still a challenge for me (hopefully, I’ll be working on it soon).

In Buenos Aires, last August, we’ve been at the traditional Cafe Tortoni – a place with a wonderful atmosphere for having a churros con chocolate, or even a simple coffee. They also have tango shows, not so pompous as other venues in Buenos Aires, but we decided to have a go there. It was really nice, but I couldn’t avoid releasing the shutter lots of times (oh, Gosh, what a shame!).

Honestly, I haven’t looked at those photos carefully yet, but I had the most recent film from my Lomo developed some weeks ago!  I hadn’t many hopes that I could get any shot from the tango show with such a simple camera and film… But at least one of them (below) impressed me.

Tango show at the traditional Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires (Argentina), August, 2011. Camera: Lomo Action Sampler - Photos: Melissa Becker

Tango show at Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires (Argentina), August, 2011. Camera: Lomo Action Sampler

Dancer at the Cafe Tortoni's tango show, Buenos Aires (Argentina), August, 2011. Camera: Lomo Action Sampler

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Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, March 2010

Trams | Bondes

I’ve been thinking about doing thematic posts for a while. This article on The Guardian about the Manchester’s trams – “the UK’s most successful” – reminded me about some images in my archives.

(Birmingham has one line only, to Wolverhampton, which I took once to visit The Public, in West Bromwich. Curiously, Birmingham’s tram is called The Metro)

Manchester, 15th November, 2010 - Photos: Melissa Becker

Nottingham city centre, 25th November, 2010

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Trams are quite useful, but can’t beat the charming historical bondes in cities as Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon – a tourist’s cliché, I know!

Lisbon, June 2008

Lisbon, June 2008

Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, March 2010

Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, March 2010

Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, March 2010, with my Lomo

(Badly scanned! Must do it directly from the film)