I am fascinated by extraordinary individuals like ballerinas, belly dancers, flamenco dancers and geisha. I call them Women of Art. My goal is to capture their essence and narrative through my photographs. These women inspire me because their life’s commitment and devotion to their profession is undivided.
One of my long-term projects focused on Cuban ballerinas, who are regarded as world class ballet dancers. It was an 8-year pursuit, 2 trips to Havana with multiple obstacles and unknowns, unexpected turns of events and personal griefs while creating this collection.
I wanted to show how underprivileged young women from a third world country could achieve the highest level in their profession.
There is so much instability in their life – no running water, limited electricity, poor quality of food, no parents to drive them to ballet school and back, no comfortable bed, no new dancing shoes or clothes. No promise or outlook of a better future.
These are the women that inspire and motivate me. I travel around the world to meet them and capture their strength and determination through my camera lens.