Saturday, March 1, 2014

Claudia + Sunglasses, Pan American Stadium, La Habana, Cuba, July 21, 2013


Without references to publications and rarely seeing anything but government programs on a television, Claudia is still without comparison when she steps in front of the lens. She is all but 13 years old in these images, and wants the world to see her spirit! She lives just outside of La Habana with her sister and parents, and never complains bur rather smiles for what she has in her life.

Only four months stand between now and this summer's visit to Cuba. The process of preparing the pictures for the girls started last night, and with Claudia. This image shows her at thirteen, and this summer we will collaborate for the fourth straight year. The idea is to publish a piece showing the progression through the five years leading to her 'QuinceaƱera.'

Unlike most around her, she cares little for the glamour of such an event but prefers a more sublime approach to this documentation. She has grow immensely since we first began and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with in July.

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Note: This image was made in the streets of Havana, with only sunlight as our light source. The camera was a Hasselblad 555 ELD, with the incredible 180mm lens. Everything else is all Claudia!