The Warmth of Mexico - Part V - IvanovaThursday, March 08, 2018
Ivanova was a Mexican woman in Vancouver who was studying criminology because she wanted to be a policeman. I photographed her in the home of Argentine painters Juan Manuel Sánchez and Nora Patrich.
Ivanova had a voluptuous body, one that her Mexican counterpart, Manuel Álvarez Bravo would have savoured and appreciated. I am not sure if in his later years Bravo used the 4x5 camera he inherited from the Italian-born Tina Modotti when she was expelled from Mexico for being a communist. Modotti had been given the camera by Edward Weston when he left Mexico for California.
There is a nice symmetry there for which my ancillary photographs of Ivanova in the nude, alas cannot be shown here.
Ivanova had the look of Mexico in her face. There was something about her mouth and those lips that conjured hot earth for me. Not the humid earth of my mother’s port city of Veracruz but the dry desert heat of Nueva Rosita, Coahuila where I lived when I was 16.
When I asked Ivanova to cover her breasts with her hands, a terrible cliché! - there were those long fingers of her hand that made me think of Coatlicue:
Coatlicue is multifaceted. As Coatlicue she is the Aztec earth goddess, creator and destroyer of earth, mother of gods and mortals, the one who gave birth to the moon and stars.
|With Juan Manuel Sánchez|