Thursday, June 2, 2016

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

On the same day as the previous post we photographed this young model, our fourth year together. We began when she was barely sixteen years old, and have seen her grow with such elegance.

Like her friend on this day, she was wearing a corset designed and made by Rafael, one of the premiere designers on the island. He is an incredibly kind person, provided the designs for our use and came along to prepare the women as well.

He never complained about the time, and worked the entire time with a smile. There were three young women, and each took a turn in front of the lens while the other two were preparing themselves with Rafael. The flow was seamless.

Photographing this young woman was wonderful, seeing her develop into such talent. She is heads and shoulders above me, yet is anything but awkward with her limbs. She knows exactly where to place them, and how to look into the camera.

I look forward to seeing her in five or so weeks, and to repeating the experience!

Note: This image was exposed with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180 mm combination onto Kodak TMX film and scanned just now.

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