Sunday, June 26, 2016

3 Frames in the Life of a Ballerina, La Habana, Cuba, 2015


Earlier today costumes for ballerinas in Cuba were picked up once again, inspiring me further to collaborate in one week's time. This young girl is one of the dancers, and has taken part of this project for the past three years.

In these frames she was practicing her positions when the shutter was released. She realized immediately but continued with her practice. Intense and passionate are two adjectives used by all to describe her, and has improved dramatically in just one year.

This is our special place, the racquetball courts of Santa Maria del Mar. We began our work here, and continue to use this space for our collaboration. In the morning few players are on the courts and we are left a most peaceful environment in which to work. We could see the beach in the near distance, and know that after we are finished we are heading to the waves for a bit of fun.

I really look forward to handing her the beautiful fabrics in a week, and even more so to returning with her to the racquetball courts.


Note: This series was exposed with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180 mm combination onto Kodak TMX film.