Monday, June 29, 2015

Two Models + Water, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, Summer of 2014

In addition to the ballerinas are friends from all walks of life. From campesinos to models the island bristles with beauty and talent. One morning we could be photographing on the beach with these two models, then in the afternoon we're heading out to the countryside to document people working under the grueling sun.

On the day of these portraits we met the young man in the city to exchange the photographs from our first session. While the computer transferred the files, we fiddled with the idea of working that same afternoon. While he was surprised he was just as pleased. He called the young woman in the second portrait and she also accepted. We had one problem, he had nothing to wear… and was in casual shorts.

We then called our trusted ballerina, and spoke with her mother. She of course had a solution and told us to come over on our way to the beach. She has two sons in addition to the peerless one, and had a pair of pants ready for us when we arrived which fit him perfectly. Energized we headed to pick up the young woman, with our ballerina coming along for the ride of course. In the end she was as fabulous as these two… and almost stole the show. At least that's what I try to make her believe, for she actually did steal it!

I look forward to seeing them very soon, and heading to the beach once again!

Note: These portraits were made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180 mm combination onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film with natural light only.

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