Sunday, June 15, 2014

Young Girl + Ballerina, La Habana, Cuba, Summer of 2013

t is supremely simple to make a headshot to match what publications have to offer when the subject is true, honest and timeless. Everything came together with very little effort to make this set. Massive teams of designers were missing, as were those applying artificial coloring to her skin. One afternoon she was playing make-believe with my host's daughter and the very next afternoon she was doing the same in front of the lens. We worked on the rooftop of the building, while the girls took breaks from the hot sun to change between outfits. Their mothers sat under the shade of a water tank, and were deeply impressed at how natural their daughters were in front of the camera.

These portraits were made in Havana, Cuba during last summer's visit to the island.They will soon have these pictures, as well as dozens more as gratitude for allowing me to document them.

Note: These portraits were made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180mm combination onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film with only sunlight and a white wall behind the subject.


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    1. Working with such beautiful, honest spirits is a blessing dear Siddhartha!