Big Apple 3 A. M.
The day is Saturday and my phone alarm is screaming. It's vibrating furiously crawling away from the table, trying it's very best to drop to the floor and escape my desperate attempt to shut it. It's time to wake up and head out to shoot sunrise. I grab everything that's laid out on the table, glance at the MTA last minute changes and run outside, it will take me two hours to reach Coney Island.
I get a lot of people tagging models and photographers in my Instagram. Like a night fox, they drop someone's name in my feed and then promptly disappear, never saying a word and never hearing from them again. I've always been conflicted on how to react to this.
I've spent the last ten years of my life doing mostly nude photography. Last I checked, I have well over 2 million shutter presses and over 400 thousand photos saved on my numerous hard drives. In this time I've seen a lot of naked bodies. It's a privilege to see humans drop their pretenses along with their clothes and embrace their vulnerabilities.
Two days ago on 9/11 I read an article prophecizing the arrival of an aurora borealis near NY. As someone who lived in the caribbean for most of their life, these lights and their dance is the stuff of dreams.
It's the start of another year and another excuse to spend a day with Marien in curious situations . This year we decided on the sunset. Looking for the dying sun as we tried our best to capture the magic of the moment, we headed for the private beaches of Dorado where our good friends Yiyi and Gaby gave us access to a serene beach which served as the perfect backdrop for the session.
It starts like many ideas usually do; a spur of the moment, inspired by the motivation to create something that will be memorable long after its time has passed. The day was December 30, 2005 and we were celebrating Marién's move to New York. I met Marién earlier that year at a friend's gathering, a dancer and Yoga student; she was drawn to my passion in learning photography and was willing to pose patiently as I fumbled with my recently acquired camera learning how to pose people. Over the year we became very good friends and her eager smiles and positive attitude became a very welcome sight.