Silvia Pangaro’s Photo Visions
By Robin Jay
A fashion shoot assignment calling for couture ensembles, an equestrian backdrop, elegant models and live jumper horses – on an August afternoon in South Florida – could make even the most savvy photographer faint of heart. But for Silvia Pangaro, and her surreal style of photography, it proved an ideal scenario.
“Most people don’t associate horses or farms with South Florida, but the reality is that there are many equestrian communities here,” said Pangaro. “Horses are such beautiful and elegant creatures. They can be gentle yet powerful at the same time. For this photo shoot, I wanted a natural setting to create a sort of romance between these beautiful women, glamorous clothing and nature. While it is important to emphasize the contrast between the natural backdrops and my subjects, I also needed to create harmony.”
Pangaro captured her vision on film on the pastures of Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach, with a sleek stallion and mare – Fernando and Quaza – from Carriage Hill Farms.
“The photo session was very challenging since they were jumper horses and not used to being photographed,” Pangaro said. “I literally had a team of handlers behind me trying to make the horses seem alert for the poses – they wanted to do their own thing. This photo session was about beauty, from the earth to the soul of my subjects, which in turn created a strong connection between the models and the horses. The lovely animals added an indescribable level of natural beauty to the imagery. We even had a rainbow make an appearance…”
Makeup artist and hair style: Laura Parra
Models: Kimberly Davis and R Rum
To see more of Pangaro’s, visit www.SilviaPangaro.com.