Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ballerina + Beach, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, Summer of 2013

We met as she was walking her dance classes with her best friend and both of their grandmothers. In the city ballerinas are seemingly everywhere. We saw them standing for a minute and decided to walk over and introduce ourselves. The grandmothers accepted us with open arms after seeing the images, while the girls themselves spoke with the joy on their faces. They were so curious about what was being presented to them.

We exchanged contact information and went our separate ways. A few days later we arranged the first session and drove around prior to collecting them looking for the perfect spot. We looked for a north-south street with one white wall facing west and an opposing light wall to reflect the sunlight of a late morning. Once we found it we picked up the girls and their grandmothers and headed back to the spot. 

The images from that first session helped our friendship grow and resulted in a fuller experience the second time around. The image presented here is from our second year together. We have since then moved the photography to the beach and have found it to be a liberating space for the girls. It also helps that they are treated to their time in the water after the photography is finished, all while their grandmothers wait so patiently for them, the entire time standing and chatting among themselves. 

With her hair in the wind it's hard to believe that this small wonder is the same girl as the ballerina in the last post from the beach. When we finished for the morning and the girls let their hair down in anticipation for an hour of fun in the water, I was immediately drawn to them and quickly arranged the camera for one roll each. Five minutes later they ran into the water and began their hour or so of intoxication with the sea!

Note: These images were made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180mm lens, onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film.

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