What do you see when you look at a photograph? Same image, so many ways to perceive it.
The author of this image tells us a bit about his work.
“A solas tango” by Ștefan Neagu
The idea for the image was spontaneous, at the end of a photo shoot with a good friend.
As I usually like to listen to music when I photograph, I captured her miming a light dance. I suggested that she go ahead, even feel free to dance as she feels and wants, loaded the film into the cassette, and shot 12 frames moving around her, trying not to disturb her and let her move freely.
The satin sheen of the Roaring Twenties cut skirt made for some interesting reflections, and the slightly increased exposure time resulted in some slightly fluid shots, with areas of sharpness and others that seemed to melt away, accentuating the contrast between static and dynamic.
The questions that arise are: does she dance alone because she is happy and can't wait to be reunited with her love? Is she dancing alone because it's a choice? I imagine Paris in the 1920s, when women's emancipation was already taking shape with the action of the Suffragettes, in which Man Ray photographed Kiki de Montparnasse, and the tumultuous nightlife, or the meetings at the Café de Flore.
As long as the frame sparked my imagination, it achieved its purpose.
I chose the title inspired by an old tango by Francisco Canaro from 1927.