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What makes a model great?

Is it her/his beauty, grace or willingness to give a 100+ percent to the project.  I’m sure many of you have watched “America’s Next Top Model”  Tyra and her team go to great lengths to not only bring out their beauty and poise but to push the envelope.  Many scenarios put them in precarious positions high above, dangling from wires to get that “money” shot.  It’s their determination and fierceness that sets them apart as they complete for a title and successful career.

Basically, its the reason I work with models who have never done underwater shoots before.  It’s a collaboration.  Our goal is the same – to create beautiful, memorable images together – a stepping stone to careers, but more importantly – to be creative.

Raiza doesn’t swim, but she knows what it takes to give me some really cool underwater visions.   It was her vivacious enthusiasm that caught my attention when she answered my casting call on Model Mayhem

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All images are the copyright property of the artist Mary Durante-Youtt

She previewed my underwater series and did some homework on her own via the internet to get a better understanding of poses.  (think ballet)  My only directions or instructions to Raiza was to relax her face, remember to keep her arm from blocking her face, take a breathe, exhale and let her body sink beneath the surface.  Later she confessed that she was surprised she was able to keep her eyes open without looking forced.

She makes it look easy.

Can’t wait to get back in the water again.

Mary

 

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Gleaning inspiration

Yesterday, my talented artist friend, Adrienne invited me to a preview of The Costume Institute’s spring 2017 –  Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo’s exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through September 4th.  The two of us were reeling with excitement and ideas and decided to collaborate on some of my future photoshoots.

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I showed her images of some of the hats that two talented designers, Helen of Helena Rose  and Fatima Goldntima created for me and the ideas flowed.  I can’t wait to create some magic with her.

 

 

If you get a chance and you love fashion, you should get over to the museum.  There’s an Irving Penn exhibit through July 30th and Age of Empires – Chinese Art of the Qin & Han Dynasties (221 BC – AD 220) which runs through July 16.  And the admission fee is just a suggested donation, give what you please.

I can’t wait to continue shooting my underwater fashion project with some of the creative concepts that are swirling in my head.

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