“You can turn anything around and make it beautiful.
~ Rachel Brathen
For photographs from Anais and Rachel’s Golden Girl series, click here.
For photographs and writeup from behind-the-scenes on the shoot, click here.
A letter from the artist:
My name is Anais Benoudiz and I am a Venezuelan photographer living in Miami.
I was honored to photograph Rachel Brathen with two different styles; the first was with a dark background with her body painted gold. This series is called “From yoga girl to golden girl.” The second was with a white background and colored pigments—this series is called “Enlightenment.”
For “From Yoga Girl to Golden Girl,” I wanted to portray my feelings and emotions as coming out of darkness into clarity, with a new skin. After everything I have been through in the past years, I have developed thicker skin.
Rachel’s gold skin represents my new stronger and brighter side. I kept the background black because it represents the dark past and the bad memories of a nasty marriage that will not fade away easily—but with my thicker skin, the memories are not painful anymore.
I am still in an ongoing process of emotional improvement.
The “Enlightenment” series is more colorful and the total opposite of the first one; this one represents my current emotional state.
Today, I am very happy and grateful for all the people I have met in this amazing journey; I feel more complete and blessed than ever. Yoga has saved my soul and I am back to my normal, happy self.
I hope you all enjoy this little peace of nirvana from my world! I could not have done this without the help of my best friend Daniela Mantini, who is a graphic designer and contributed on the cover for the series. Thank you!
To see part one and learn more about the artist’s vision, read From Yoga Girl to Golden Girl: Photographs of Rachel Brathen by Anais Benoudiz.
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Ed: Bryonie Wise