Friday, January 30, 2015

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

I met this young woman as she was performing with a group in my friend's hotel. The style of dance was flamenco, but the musicians mixed traditional sounds with more contemporary, popular songs as well. The very next morning the entire group and I headed to the beach for a photographic and recording session… and had a heck of a time!

There was however something about her, and another dancer. I approached the leader of the group for permission to photograph them on another day, then approached them with his permission granted. They accepted gladly and we arranged for another morning especially for two.

They were both ready well before sunrise, an hour actually. We drove out to the beach and both brought with them a few outfits for the event. They worked beautifully together, helped each other get ready and showed nothing that resembled competition during the entire morning.

While I thought they would hesitate to get into the water, even onto the sand, they loved every minute of it and without hesitation did so. In this image she threw herself down, was perfectly poised as the waves gently struck her now and then.

All of us went back to their homes, and transferred all of the images for their families to see. To be able to hang out with the families as they enjoyed the images made just an hour or so before was truly magical.

I look forward to her surprise this summer as she receives an album filled with images very much like the one shown here!

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

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