Thursday, December 31, 2009

Karina, Woman, Mother, Model, Studio, States, December 30, 2009


She sits in front of us, a woman, a mother, a model.

She understands the purpose of the work and gives of herself for the sake of girls in other lands.

For three hours, she allows me to give her instructions, to ask for an expression, all without hesitation. In the end, with her portrait, she joins the countless faces in my portfolio, she becomes their sister, their mother, their daughter in spirit.

For years, the camera has remained hidden in my own home, barely used. With Karina and women like her, this has changed. Now girls from other lands see girls just like them, with similar dreams and hopes, living in the States.

They are mothers, sisters and daughters to them.