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Denise Prince Photography

Fatuma wears a maillot by the fashion house Missoni


“Stare and dissect each photo and really soak in her body, her beautiful eyes, her smooth skin and even the sweep of her feet.  I want people to look until they can’t look anymore.  And then they can see real beauty…”


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department





Captivating Not Captive



Play is at work all the time in beauty. Play and beauty are both spontaneous, and that instant truthfulness captivates our fantasies and our willingness to be those fantasies. Playing obscures the cut in reality between what may be both real and not real. In fashion photography we take our fantasies for real, we make believe because the resemblance to our fantasy obscures our reality-testing. The impulse to obscure that which touches us but is incomprehensible – the fullness of life that effects us – is a perpetual obstacle. Captivating Not Captive intervenes to return one towards courage.


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