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Fashion show, Sucre, Bolivia, 2014

Fashion show, Sucre, Bolivia, 2014

Sucre’s 25 de Mayo Plaza hosted a lavishly produced fashion show, featuring models from many South American countries. I am not interested in fashion photography itself, so my objective here was to interpret the nature of a fashion show from a spectator’s viewpoint. I chose a vantage point at the end of the runway, also known as the “catwalk.” It is here that each model stops to show off her costume, and then turns to begin the long walk back to the head of the runway. I was looking for a reaction from the model, as well as a response from the spectators gathered around the end of the runway. To interpret the scene, I contrast the matching deadpan responses of aloof model and the head of a spectator who stares blankly at her shoes, to the anonymous arm thrusting a small digital camera into the air. The theatrical light carries the model towards us out of a tunnel of blue light, which perfectly matches her blue cape. Meanwhile, the background adds a sense of place – all of this is happening in the middle of a city.

FujiFilm X-M1
1/140s f/5.6 at 53.0mm iso800 full exif

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