Delicate Longings

El Corazon photography by Kim Campbell of Portland, Oregon.
El Corazon Photography - Enmascarados by Portland Photographer Kim Campbell.

Devin, a study of beauty and courageousness braved the cold for art.  I couldn't wait to let her explore my costume closet as we aspired to collaborate on some new additions to my El Corazón fine art photography collection.  A few months back I'd found some very large, dried gourds that I'd cut in half to create 2 masks and drilled holes for eyes. How could I use this new mask? What would it say about the person wearing it? Creating almost a study in pale was first step so we layered fabrics, old netting on top of tights and a hoop skirt and layers of torn fabric.  I mentioned this was a Winter morning so the fact that Devin is bare armed says something to how truly spunky she is. This character is topped off with a macrame 'hat' unearthed at a yard sale in the past year. Devin's natural and somewhat guarded position really made the image almost a cautionary tale.

Questions unanswered and yet evocative all the same. When I am photographing people I like to explore different facets of and ideas of creative costuming and storytelling. Devin's family has a fondness for cowboy imagery so we played with the hat and clothes and found a way to express something rich with character.

El Corazon Fine Art Portrait Photography by Portland Photographer Kim Campbell.

El Corazon Fine Art Portrait Photography by Portland Photographer Kim Campbell.