Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Model + Paper Corset by Rafael, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, 2015

Last summer we had the honor of working with the best models from Havana, and the exquisite works of one of its finest designers. Through our friend's school for modeling we met both, and this summer have even more to look forward to on the island.

This young model was incredibly genuine, and deeply connected with the camera. When we asked to photograph her, she accepted immediately. When we talked about the specifics, she agreed to our proposal without hesitation. When we told her that Rafael was overjoyed with her selection for our collaboration with him, she was ecstatic.

The combination worn here was decided by Rafael, as he asked our permission to document her in this way. She was wearing a skirt on the previous roll, but adored the chance to be photographed with such a minimal presentation.

She knew her lines, and how they would look in a two dimensional manner. Rather than just facing the lens, she would turn to the side and place her arms in the most exquisite positions. She would hold each position until the shutter released, and then move onto the next as if it was already planned.

I very much look forward to working with this special woman, and to honor her even more so on film once again.

Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180 mm combination onto Kodak TMX film… scanned just now!

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