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2015 MISS NEW YORK USA

Nosizo Mahlangu is a talented model from South Africa who recently moved to New York. I had already collaborated with her before (“Dairy Tales I“). She is not only a great model but also a great person. That’s why I am thrilled to collaborate with her again.

She is a finalist contestant (among 30 to 50 others) for 2015 Miss New York USA. Pageants will be held January 16-18, 2015 at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. These are the photographs that will represent her in that contest.

When she asked me for those pictures I could only say yes. We were looking for the characteristic look and feel of these kind of competitions, but also wanted to achieve an image that was closer to the fashion world.

This is the result of that collaboration.

– The making of these images was possible thanks to: Carolina Restrepo (hair and make up), Nosizo Mahlangu (model) and Luisa Puerta (Stylist)

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MARIA 2.0

“I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain…”
 
Prince’s song

 

– The making of these images was possible thanks to: Carolina Restrepo (hair, make up and concept), Maria Jose Sanchez Uribe (model, make up and concept) and Sara Murado (photographer’s assistant.)

RETOUCHING FOR MARIA

 

A retouching job that I did for “Maria

 

 

Please enlarge the image (top right corner of the image), and slide the scroll bar on the image to see the changes I applied to the photograph. Press “Esc” to come back to the blog.

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LOSING THE SOUL

I produced these images long time ago, years.

The other day I was putting my stuff in order and I saw them again. I decided to compose a little abstract tale with a bunch of them and send them to Maria Zaragoza, a good friend and a great writer (we are expecting the release of a movie from a script of hers anytime: “Realidades de Humo“.) So she could write an invented tale based on the images. I thought it was a good idea because she’s skillful with the pen and great with her imagination. But even better, because she herself is pictured in these images. Also shown in the photographs is our friend Guillermo Mora (a great Spanish artist) and Juliette Exkore (a delightful make-up artist based in London). Thanks to all of you for that crazy night! We where there that night to take some nude portraits but it ended up being impossible.It was really cold and dark, and the equipment was not very good. In any case it was fun and we created these images among others. So in this case, as in the movie “Lost in La Mancha”, the making-of of a failed attempt of creation is the subject of the creation itself. I hope you enjoy the illustrated story.

 

 

(Relato Original en Español más abajo)

LOSING THE SOUL (Translated to English from the original in Spanish)

I was so close that I do not know how he did not notice. I was glued to him. A shadow attached to another shadow in the forest where we all end up losing. I don’t know why I liked him. Just wanted to follow. A ghost following someone who will become a ghost, two shadows in the midst of

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MARIA

NOTE: I highly recommend playing the song SOMEWHERE while viewing the photograph: To do that, please just go back to the bold tittle of the song and click on it (a new tab will open with the song playing on Youtube), then go back here while the video is playing.

 

Tony: I- I didn’t believe hard enough.
Maria: Loving is enough.
Tony: Not here. They won’t let us be.
Maria: Then we’ll run away.
Tony: Yeah, we can.
Maria: Yes.
Tony: We will…
Maria: [singing] Hold my hand and we are halfway there, hold my hand and I’ll take you there. Somehow! Someday! Some…
 


 

– The making of these images was possible thanks to: Carolina Restrepo (hair, make up and concept), Maria Jose Sanchez Uribe (model, make up and concept) and Sara Murado (photographer’s assistant.)

 

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