Monday, January 12, 2015

Young Girl + Shoes, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, Summer 2014

She is familiar face to many of us, here having some fun on the beach in clothes loaned to us by a Cuban designer. This was her first time being photographed in such a way, and she spent the prior evening preparing her hair for the event.

Hers could have been that one portrait in the street, with her clear eyes and wild hair next to an old American car parked in front of a dilapidated building. While I certainly have sincere appreciation for such imagery, concentrating on the individual rather than the environment has always hit me more so.

She had always wanted to be a model and here she was on the beach, in clothing prepared in person for her by a well-known designer. She was living out one of her dreams, albeit for one afternoon, yet living out one of her dreams in front of the lens. The feeling of being able to document this moment cannot be described effectively through words alone. Her smile will surely do more justice.

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

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