Saturday, October 19, 2013

Amber + Hands + Ring, Rooftop, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 2013


We met a few months ago in passing at the Algebra Teahouse, and then walked separate paths until just a few weeks ago. When returning to the same spot after my time in Cuba for a warm meal, Amber remembered me as a photographer and we struck up a conversation.

A few minutes later the meal was served with the kindest of smiles, and it was then that I knew we were going to collaborate. The food was incredible, but the conversation was even sweeter. We talked with others in our company, and then planned to meet a morning for a session.

One arranged morning clouds appeared and we rescheduled. The next morning some clouds were on the horizon but we decided to meet anyway at a local spot. We met with two of her friends, and had something to drink early. As we were talking the sun peered through the clouds and we decided to take a chance. We walked over to my building and quickly arranged the rooftop for our photography.

The sun was still pretty high, but Amber did wonderfully placing her features so as to minimize the shadows cast. Then I noticed her hands and asked to photograph them. She accepted and we did so for one roll of film. When asked about the ring on her finger, she produced a beautiful smile and told me its story. It made the images even more striking, and memorable.

I look forward to a lifetime of such images with Amber and to recording her voice when she is ready to share it with the girls in my portfolio.

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Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180 mm combination onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film.