This is from our 6th shoot in Mexico and our first trip to the city of Oaxaca.
For some time I'd thought about doing a shoot inspired by Frida Kahlo but had always been apprehensive: We've read a lot about her and Diego Rivera. We have visited their homes and studios and seen many of their works and private collections in museums. But, after all, I'm not Mexican, or even Latin-American, and didn't want to abuse the culture and heritage that Frida personifies. With all that said, the ancient city of Oaxaca, with its Zapotec/Mixtec cultural roots, was a source of inspiration for Frida. She even made the traditional huipil a recurring feature of her iconic appearance. If there was a destination for me to draw on her for inspiration, this was it.
Frida is well known for her bold and colorful outfits. Often incorporating traditional clothing and patterns using vibrant colors and larger than life accessories to draw attention where she wanted it (and away from the leg and back braces she was forced to wear). I really admire her personality; despite all the pain and suffering she endured, she never hesitated to put on a good show. I would have to go the extra mile to do her justice. 😅
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