Sunday, January 11, 2015

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

A day in the darkroom made me want to post something a bit brighter. What is almost unimaginable for me is that this image was made six months ago, in a place worlds apart from here. Yet it was made in the same time zone, less than four hours flight from this very spot!

This was her first time with me, after meeting at my friend's school for modeling. She and a few others displayed serious interest in the idea of doing something different, and she sat less than a few feet away with the most serious, curious gaze as we spoke. She loved the idea of the abstract, and producing work outside of her usual circles. She was at the time of this session the most popular model in Havana, evidenced once she slipped this dress on and stepped in front of the lens. 

Wearing shorts and sitting down in the water alongside her was magical, felt like one with her. The beach has come to represent endless possibilities to me, just as it does to the Cubans.

Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M2, mounted adjacent to and exposing at the very moment with a Hasselblad analog system.

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