Tango-milonga, Dublin 2011


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


Dublin Tango documentary


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)


Author: Walkowska Aleksandra