Sunday, April 6, 2014

Young Woman + Model, Pan American Stadium, La Habana, Cuba, Summer of 2013

She was one of the young women joining us at the Pan American Stadium from the last Cuban Post. We met her and her four friends at her professor's home, and arranged for us to go first followed by them in Alejandro's car.

The day was cloudy as mentioned previously, and Eduardo used his digital camera while I provided support through a reflector. In doing so I experienced first hand working in a supportive role, and enjoyed watching Eduardo working while trying my best to accommodate the light to his needs.

Just as we had given up the sun appeared suddenly through a slight opening in the sky. We dropped everything and picked up our film cameras, Eduardo's Rolleiflex and my Hasselblad. The young women were so professional and granted us their portraits in a very organized manner since we had less than ten minutes of sun remaining.

Five women took their turns, with this young woman being the second to go. I noticed that when she stepped in front of us Eduardo's level of interest increased. Looking more closely and from a distance now the reason is very clear. Some of the most expressive work from this afternoon she produced, and this carried through to our second session. At times she emotes deep sadness, at times a most sensual element.

All in all we took whatever light was given to us and made the best of it. The portraits however made during these ten minutes of sunlight were deeply rewarding, with this being but one example.

Note: This image was made using natural light only with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/120 lens combination onto Kodak T-Max 400 ISO film.

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