Sunday, January 19, 2014

Model + White Wall, Pan American Stadium, Havana, Cuba, July, 2012




She came to the session two years ago never having met us, yet presented herself without hesitation. She lives in the city and dreams of becoming a model. When I returned this past August she was nowhere to be found, but we have these images of her as proof of her spirit.

These images were made without a studio, without an assistant for the models and without preparation. Both models and their instructor went with us to the Pan American Stadium and stood in front of a white wall, a far cry from the glamour of the city. They were incredible, and gave of themselves without asking for anything in return. The experience was enough for all involved.

Making images in the streets of the world's cities, towns and villages cannot be surpassed in my experience. The people are pure, genuine and play it straight. I admire them for their perseverance in light of their most difficult lives, and their continued interest in this project.

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Note: These images were made with a Hasselblad 555ELD/180mm combination, onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film and then scanned with an Epson V700 for this presentation.