About me

Yes, dancing Tango in Buenos Aires at La Caminta, Radio Bar

As to bio, I was born in New Jersey, and eventually after living in New York, Boston, Boulder, San Francisco, Castlegard, British Columbia and Canada landed most recently on San Juan Island, in Washington state and now am living in Buenos Aires since January 2020…

For 35 years, years I have curated a contemporary art gallery, where I refined my skills and became the visual editor that I am now. Always with a camera or some picture capturing device in tow [including much heavy equipment] I began to travel and at the same time was introduced to dancing about 12 years ago. As the phones have improved, I have given up all my gear, including my beloved Fuji, Xt1 Pro for a good phone. Yes some shots are not as good on the phone, but for my love of detail and dancing, it suits me well.

For me the story telling begins with a visual moment, some internal mechanism is triggered and …there’s your photo. Other times it’s about a sliver of color or detritus that captures the eye.

My subject matter ranges from the small moment of beauty found on the street or in a window display to social Tango. I chose Tango as my dance of choice as I love the lifestyle, the music, the embrace and yes dressing up. What I choose to share in my Tango series includes images shot around the world, but most recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina is the connection that tango dancers of all ages have with each other.

My images are strongly based in the beauty I find in decay and transformation. I also feel connected themes are the juxtaposition of movement and stillness, as well as my intrinsic desire to represent the harmony I feel in music with sentiment or exquisite food. It’s about creating a quiet moment of observation. Capturing a moment, an impression or an emotion.

Now as a wiser, mature woman, [not sure about this] I embarking on another adventure as a traveler, photographer, tango dancer and purveyor of beauty. “Follow what makes you happy” .

www.travelingtango.com

fineartamerica.com/profiles/ruth-offen

Besitos & abrazo

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”- Elliott Erwitt

The secret of tango is in this moment of improvisation that happens between step and step. It is to make the impossible thing possible: to dance silence.
Carlos Gavito