Beautiful projects have to be thoroughly enjoyed. That is why I enjoy every new artistic interpretation of The Traveling Dress Project which I am sharing with you here.
After passing through Mirin and Inés‘ hands in the Empordà region of Catalonia, the dress made a short trip to Barcelona, where it ended up with Monica, @momarino on instagram, another friend of mine whom I admire as a photographer and whom it was a pleasure to have onboard this project.
Time for Monica to share her very personal vision and her wonderful photos of the dress.
Marta’s proposal to participate in The Traveling Dress project came at a bad time for me. I was going through an existential, creative and personal crisis, with little desire of shooting photos and even less of taking up challenges, which I find so stressful. But for some reason I wasn’t able to say no. Although I didn’t feel like taking the camera at that time, the passion for photography had already taken root in me and I knew that I had to participate in the project.
I just said to Marta: “Ok. Ok. But make the dress travel to other places before it reaches me. Marta, who is a wonderful person, understood me right away and encouraged me but without pressuring me in any way.
A few months went by and the dress arrived at my house. I found it in my mailbox this summer when I came back from vacation and suddenly I had a knot in my stomach. How could I do something like that? Why had I gotten myself into such a mess? It’s not that I didn’t see myself capable of taking photos with the dress, but I had already seen some of the photos taken by Inés, Marta, Mirin, Bea and after me there would be other photographers shooting the dress. And as you can imagine the artistic level was very high! What a mess I had gotten myself into.
With a mixture of fear and pride to be part of such an impressive group of photographers, I started to plan… That was new! I don’t usually plan photos; I shoot my family mercilessly as soon as I get the chance to do so. At most I go to a specific place and look for a certain location. I only plan the professional sessions a little, but in the end I tend to let myself be carried away as I see how each person reacts. So I don’t plan much. This time, however, I thought I needed to and… it worked!
I’m not going to talk about getting out of the comfort zone, that’s boring, and I hadn’t gotten out of the comfort zone… In fact, I had gotten out of the comfort planet!
Once everything was planned and organized and I had a clear idea of what I wanted to achieve, all was pretty easy. My wonderful sister Marta did not hesitate to be my model and the result is what you see. I hope you like it; I sincerely feel proud of it.
Thank you Marta Villacampa for EVERYTHING!
Thank you Marta Mariño for being my muse, for so much support, patience and infinite love.