Monday, April 21, 2014

Girl + Ballet, La Habana, Cuba, Summer of 2013

Last year resulted in some new faces being photographed in Cuba, and this young girl is one such example. Returning home one day from a morning of photography I was greeted by three young girls, one of which was my friend's daughter.

To my great surprise I was told that her friends were also students of ballet. The girls' mothers happened to also be present and we talked at length regarding a collaboration. They looked at the work and became as excited as I was. We decided on the following day if the weather cooperated. 

The next afternoon we were also responsible for photographing another young girl, and waited by the Pan American Stadium while keeping an eye on the clouds passing by. A thin sliver of open sky seemed to be consistent but we decided to go home rather than take a chance at the stadium. We called in advance and the girls arrived dressed beautifully. 

For the portrait below she allowed her hair to dance with the wind, and understood even during her first session that sometimes hair in the face does nothing but augment her expression. Her features are clearly evident in spite of the obstruction, and her smile shines freely.

This upcoming summer I hope to visit the beach with her and her friends, making dance images and portraits alike.

Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180mm combination onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film.

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