Saturday, November 5, 2016

Anays + Piece by Yudel, Santa Maria del Mar, Cuba, 2016

Just the other night we were chatting and Anays joked with me, wondered why her photographs were being left out of my recent postings. It took me a second to realize the truth behind her statement, since most of the postings over the past four weeks dealt with the proposed school in Uttar Pradesh, India.

While she of course loves her sisters in India, and always asks about them, she nonetheless is deeply moved by our collaboration. When in Cuba she will make herself available at a moment's notice, always ready to perform her art for the lens. Whether it is the center of the capital, the beach or perhaps the countryside, she comes with us always on her own and enjoys the ride as much as the performance.

In this image we visited one of our favorite spots on the island, as this has become her stage. She was wearing one of Yudel R. Contreras Garcia's creations, and had just started dabbling in modeling at Gysleda Virginia De La Barca Vega's school. While most of the models wearing these fabrics have a few years on Anays, they have nothing on her regarding emotion and creativity.

She is truly peerless, and one for whom I will always visit the island.

Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.

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