Monday, September 15, 2014

Professor + Dance, Las Canchas, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, Summer of 2014

After six years of working with her students on the island, the professor from the highly acclaimed dance company asked to be photographed like her students. She was as kind and open to being photographed as her students, allowing us two sessions with her and accompanying us as a photographer thirsty for photographic knowledge.

When her students accompanied us, they were in awe of their teacher. Rather than distancing herself from them, she embraced them during the session and then spent more than an hour in the water with the girls. Their faces were always turned towards her, giggling the entire time. I walked away deeply impressed by her demeanor, her grace.

Here we are photographing her in the courts located at the beaches of Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba. We spent many mornings on these courts, just before the athletes arrived to use them. Most of the time there were enough courts to satisfy the players, but once in a while a few couples waited patiently for us to finish. Rather than hurrying us along, they would sit on the edge of the pavement and watch the dancers perform for them to the sounds of others playing racquetball around us. This was a most magical place, pure fantasy.

Note: These images were made with a Sony RX100M2 mounted side by side with a Hasselblad analog system for duplicate, digital images. The film images are soon to be processed!

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