Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fashion Designer + Claudia, Racquetball Court, Santa Maria de la Playa, Cuba, Summer of 2014

As defined by Wikipedia, fashion design is the art of the application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing and accessories. So what would happen when fashion meets the street?

We thought this to be an interesting scenario. We then asked a well-known fashion designer to supply some pieces for the young girls in our portfolio. He was more than willing, and provided us with such within a day or so.

The young girl in these images has been photographed over the past four years. Since the day we met in 2010, my fascination with her face has moved me to expose countless rolls of film. She is nothing short of miraculous, speaks very little normally but expresses herself without reserve through the lens.

So when we presented the thought of the fashion designer to her, she thought it to be a magical opportunity to express herself more fully. We arranged for a morning and decided on the racquetball court near the beach as our studio. From the very first exposure it was clear to me that she was ready for this chance, and embraced the moment with enthusiasm.

When asked about her hair, she told us that she visited a local hair stylist the evening before and treated herself in preparation for this morning. She was flawless, and moved from one position to another effortlessly.

When the fashion designer saw the images, he was deeply impressed. He gave of himself without expecting anything in return, as kind a man as can be hoped for in my experience.

He met her prior to these images and, while her natural beauty was more than evident, he never did imagine her as a model like those from his extensive experience. So when he saw the images he was truly floored. While the models normally gracing his pieces are certainly worthy of their professions, he recognized something special in this young girl, something undeniably pure.

As my friend Alejandro told me, 'she was born for this.'

Note: These images were made with a Sony RX100M2, edited for size and contrast only.

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