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Buenos Aires Photograph - Tango - El Hombre by Michel Verhoef

Tango - El Hombre is a photograph by Michel Verhoef which was uploaded on February 1st, 2013.

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Looks like I'm revisiting, Michel .. & that's ok; at least I'm consistent , lol.. My eye kept glancing to the gold cravat .. & his marvelous hat; this is a GQ Tango centre spread! ;))

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks for your revisit...i put it more to the front since it will be on display in a big jeans you stumbled over it :))

N I C E would make a wonderful painting.

Michel Verhoef replied:

But why ? Is it not good enough as a photo...I understand what you mean of course. Photography is not yet mature I guess... :-(

GREAT picture...amazing in all ways..My Fav. again...:)

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks for faving it again Carmen !

Yes it was very enjoyable to read, and I never thought his hat would be so inspiring to dive into history :-) He is the guy who is on all of my tango images and this couple was defenitely the best I had seen perform over there. They just do it everywhere in cafes and on their terraces. This one was shot in a theatre restaurant. The photographers were allowed to sit and eat at the front Maggie for your exploring efforts !

Michel, your photographs are always so great. The handsome mystery man with his eyes in shadow! This one actually sent me on a short, little research mission. The reason for this was the dichotomy of the fancy jacket and silk scarf and that old ragged hat. I will admit, I knew nothing really about Tango, except it was a pretty sexy and wild dance but every time I'd seen it, (on TV) both partners were dressed up quite fancy. So what was going on with that old hat that no longer had it's ribbon and looked like someone had kicked it down a street a few times? What I found, and you may already know is that the Tango was created by the poor and underprivileged. I think the hat is a nod to those people. I also learned, just in case someone reads this and finds it interesting, that Argentina advertised for men to come to work there to help build the railroads. So many men, so few women, the place for entertainment were the brothels. Since there was so few women, men had to wait their turn, so the brothels hired Tango musicians to entertain them and the men would practice their dancing with other men while waiting their turn. They hoped to become good enough dancers since the only way to get close to a women that wasn't a prostitute back then was to dance with them, so they had to be good because the ladies could take the pick of the crop. Wow, that was long but I hope you or others find it enjoyable to learn! Thanks for sharing this! :-) Fabulous as always, Maggie

Love this shot Michel, especially the colors.

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks Alga, you are very kind to write !

Thanks a lot Clara !!

Great! ^.^

I like this picture very much; a masterpiece of composition, lighting, edition and atmosphere....very evocative

Michel Verhoef replied:

Ha....all woman love this portrait ! I have no idea why ? it is more seductive than a lot dear friend :)))

Thank you so very much Marie-Claire !

Very classy and mysterious portrait!!!!

I could never get enough of looking at threads like these! Great lighting and attitude!

Michel Verhoef replied:

I guess he has this effect on woman :)))

Great work! LF

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks yet again Klara !

Love this! ... he's So Elegant! .. that gold tie lights the image perfectly ; perfect tones .. & the slash of shadow across his features : mysterious,compelling .. {& *ahem* nicely Masculine} :)))

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks for liking this image...I guess all ladies like him :))

Fabulous light and dark contrasts. Hot hot. ;-))

Michel Verhoef replied:

You think that light and dark contrasts are hot ? Theresa :)

Fantastic! At the same time friendly look and "oh you just so don't know what is going on in my head" mysterious type of expression... great great!

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks for your enthousiasm about this guy !! Kirstie.....and for your words of course :)))

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks Kirstie for your thoughts on this one :))

Again a brilliant shot, Michel!!! Bravo!!!!

Revisit ... it does last in mind... a hunted piece indeed ...v/f/l

Michel Verhoef replied:

It must be quite haunted ! but...he seemed to be a nice chap....thanks Fei.

Love the lighting of this dramatic image!

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks for liking it Catherine !



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