TANGO, MILONGA IN DUBLIN 2011

Tango-milonga, Dublin 2011

MILONGA EVENING

The third time I went with my camera for the milonga evening I was feeling well experienced and prepared.

Milonga dance incorporates the same basic elements as Tango but permits a greater relaxation of legs and body. Movement is normally faster, and pauses are less common. It is usually a kind of rhythmic walking without complicated figures, with a more humorous and rustic style in contrast with the serious and dramatic Tango. (source: here)

I had to check myself what a milonga is …

Tango evenings in Dublin were always more of social events for me. Great way to network. The Third Place as they call it in marketing. The kind of a place where one meets people who are not connected to the work, family or personal past. Conversations are universal, thought to require good social skills and some general knowledge to share with others while conversing. Unless one wants to talk about tango … but there is no point of bringing wood into the forest.

There happened a good few marriages in the group, few children were born and some painful break-ups too. Some left Ireland for good, some stayed loyal to the dance for years and years. People come and go. The endorphins keep bringing people together.

I am very happy with this shoot. A couple of tango dancers are standing still, concentrating. Silence before the storm. It is so relaxing. Every time I look at it, I am Zen.

Tango-milonga, Dublin 2011
Tango-milonga, Dublin 2011

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

TANGO PRACTICE, DUBLIN 2011

Dublin tango workshop, 2011

TANGO WORKSHOP

After the film broke apart in my Zenit camera, bravely I tried again a week later. This time with a different equipment but the same film Ilford Delta 400. One of the tango dancers, who was more experience than me with manual cameras, was very kind and helped me to change the film. That evening I must have used two rolls of film.

   

When I was reducing the size of images in Photoshop for this post I started getting very sentimental … in general. It must be the effect of the black and white photographs with all the noise in them, like a vinyl record with slightly huskily sound. The passing of time. Special moments appreciated more as they are gone. Life.

“All those moments
will be lost in time,
like tears in rain.
Time to die.”

Tears in rain, Blade Runner

MUSIC IN THE SOUL

Girls dancing with the girls! Boys dancing with the boys! Laughters, whispers, spontaneity. Joy!

FACES, PEOPLE, COUPLES, FRIENDS

Love affairs, broken hearts, bonding, flirtation, jealousy. Passion.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Step by step. Patience, perseverance, hard work. Relax.

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

DUBLIN TANGO, 2011

Dublin Tango documentary

DOCUMENTARY OF DUBLIN TANGO COMMUNITY

One of the projects during the Visual Communication course I was studying in Dublin, was to make a documentary of a daily life using a manual camera. Below photographs were taken with Zenit camera, which was manufactured in Russia formerly the Soviet Union since 1952. I was using a film Ilford Delta 400. Later on, I used another college camera of a different brand with the same film (unfortunately I can not remember the name of it). The result is slightly different. The Zenit camera created more noise in the photographs.

   

The project was an eye opener to how much more skills were involved photographing manually. One had to be quick with an excellent understanding of the technology and the lighting. Each photograph had only one chance to come out successfully. Even if they are not perfect they are more natural and authentic … in my opinion.

Another positive aspect is developing them in the traditional way. Printouts extend the life of the photographs and can be passed to the next generations. Digitally stored photographs may last forever but will be seen by very, very few people who are around us physically at the given moment.

How sad really …

We can be heroes just for one day
We can be us just for one day

(Heroes by David Bowie)

ZENIT/ ILFORD DELTA 400

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

POP UP SHOP

Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival

POP UP SHOP FOR MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Montreal Jazz Festival

Inspiration

The concept for the pop-up shop is a combination of two elements; wood the Canadians natural resource and jazz music. The construction of the container is solid and classic. Walls are covered in a black colour, spiced with an orange in reference to vivid notes in jazz. The display units are inspired by the shape of music coming out of a saxophone or a grand piano.

The Montreal Jazz Festival takes place every year in July and it is the largest jazz festival in the world. Every year it brings in around 3000 artists from 30 countries. The festival hosts in around 2 million people every year.

If it ever came to a construction of this pop-up shop converted from a freight train container I imagine it in a dense greenery, park or in the forest. Often, the deep, dense of greenery is so dark it appears black. Therefore, the colours of the pop-up shop would balance very well in nature, creating a coherent unity.

Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz FestivalPop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

COMMERCIAL SIGNAGE AND DISPLAYS

TYPOGRAPHY AND SIGNAGE IN DUBLIN

It is a pity … that when walking through Dublin town one has to pay so much attention to the traffic. Concentrating only on what’s on the eyes level. Let’s be honest very uneven sidewalks, holes in the road and so on make it hard to look around. Dublin is a small but very busy town.

Otherwise, all those cool signage and typography would be much more appreciated. I really like the cool signage at the facades of Dublin’s shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Influenced by the Victorian industrial era carrying the history and the past of the town.

MARY’S BAR

MURPHY’S BEST ICE CREAM IN TOWN!

LEMON CREPES, PANCAKES

However, you want to call them!

DADA MOROCCAN RESTAURANT

GEORGE’S STREET ARCADE

FADE STREET SOCIAL

I CAN’T REMEMBER … 🙂

BUTLERS BEST COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE IN DUBLIN

COCU THE COUNTERCULTURE

CANDY MATTE COSMETICS

PYG RESTAURANT

DUBLIN PICTURE FRAMING

TEELING WHISKEY THE SPIRT OF DUBLIN

STILL, WORTH VISITING!



Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

SPRING / EASTER WINDOW DISPLAY, DUBLIN 2018

SPRING WINDOWS IN DUBLIN

Last weekend I had a quick run through Dublin town. I wanted to check the spring windows display. It is a long and cold winter this year anno domini 2018. Only very few stores have made a reference to the Easter time and mostly inside of a store rather than in the windows. Otherwise, the displays are domineered by a splash of vivid and intense colours for the coming season.

Here is a link for Abama display company, recently I have been receiving catalogues with their products. The company is based in Germany and it is a supplier of a wide range of props and products for window displays and various decorations. Hope for those who are interested in or work in visual merchandising it would be a useful website to browse on 🙂

 


ZARA

MASSIMO DUTTI

BROWN THOMAS

OASIS

RIVER ISLAND

DEBENHAM

DUNNES STORES

EASTER AT BUTLERS

VICTORIA SECRET

HERMES

GRAFTON STREET WINDOW

     

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra