Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ballerina + Beach, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, Summer of 2014

Looking back at this past year, the feeling is that of appreciation and gratitude. From the dancers of Cuba to the students in those incredible schools of Humana People to People India, what they have given to me can never be equaled from my end. They do so without asking, and such is the purest gift shown to me over the past year.

This young girl is one such example, performing on the beach as if she was performing on a grand stage without hesitation. After we finished I asked her to sit on the sand and express herself through seated positions. Her friends were standing behind her, as was Alejandro.

Although the waves would hit her now and then, she performed seemingly without effort. While we have only known each other through a handful of collaborations, she and her friends come along with their grandmothers even when we ask to pick them up an hour before sunrise.

At least the past two years we have remained at the beach after the photography to allow the girls to play in the sand, to swim in the water and try to jump the waves as they come to shore. I look forward to more of this, and wish everyone a Happy New Year on her behalf and all of those I have met on my travels.

Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/50 FLE combination onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film.

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