Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ballerina + Sea, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, Summer of 2014


One day after I met this beautiful dancer, we made this image at a beach just outside of the city. She and her family are on my mind as the relationship between Cuba and the States seems to be changing.

What will happen to their way of life; how will the world around them be transformed? Will it be possible to meet a family like them in the future on the island, and collaborate with immediate trust the very next morning?

These images were made possible through a simple conversation the day before, started with an exchange regarding fruit for sale. After talking for less than an hour, we agreed on meeting the next morning one hour before sunrise and heading out to the beach. The water and sky would serve as the perfect stage for their performance, and then the children could run into the sea for a morning in the water.

While this family lives less than two blocks away from the sea, they rarely get the chance to visit the beaches of their own island. The cost of transportation alone prevents them from doing such. So to see them playing in the water after a serious session of photography brought me a deep sense of joy, to be able to give back a tenth of what they had given to me.


Note: This image was made with a Fuji GA645Wi onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film.