Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ballerina + Beach, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, Summer of 2015


This image is dedicated to those contributing to our Costumes for Ballerinas in Cuba campaign a few months ago. The generosity of these individuals, along with the incredible discounts granted from our local Capezio store after learning of our project, led to a suitcase filled with outfits for the dancers on the island.

The looks on the faces of the dancers cannot be described adequately in words, but one can just imagine! None of the girls removed the tags from any of the outfits, choosing to leave them in place for all to see. They had worked so hard the previous year to produce the very images that moved so many of you to contribute… and were now experiencing the results of that hard work.

My message to them was simple, that this exchange was equal and two-way. The people on this side of the ocean were simply inspired by their images, and in exchange for such had chosen to take part in this project in order to demonstrate their gratitude. 

The images of the contributors holding pictures of the dancers in their hands, or near their faces, delighted the dancers. For the very first time they saw the faces of those inspired by their art… and gained even further inspiration to create more this past summer.


Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M2.