Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Magdalena + Dry Lake Bed, El Mirage, California, 2016

A few years ago we tried to make it to this exact spot but ran out of time, heading to beautiful Lucerne Valley instead. So when the chance came up to visit El Mirage earlier this year, my hope was to include Magdalena as well. She responded with kindness as always, and we were on our way. The early part of the week was unfortunately quite windy, and this was the case as we showed up. It was both windy and cool, but we did our best to respect the time we were given. Magdalena was truly brave, as she warmed up in the car for a bit and then ran out for a roll of film. My instinct as a photographer of course wanted to have more chances to make the best images, yet she was as calm as the space without wind and assured me that we would have magnificent images. She was of course right, and this is but one example from our session. Magdalena took care of everything, from the styling to the theme to the art on her skin. She has since day one impressed me deeply and continues to do so. Whenever California comes up on my travel schedule, she is among very few to whom I reach out knowing that the response will be positive. I am honored to have had the chance to document her spirit four times so far, and hope to be there as she transforms more so over the years.

Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.

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