Dancing Earth ~ Forever Sky by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan & Trey • Dress by Randolph Duke • Spur Ranch, New Mexico ~ Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan & Trey • Dress by Randolph Duke • Spur Ranch, New Mexico ~ Photo by Jennifer Esperanza


Last year, in late fall, I asked Rulan Tangen founder of Dancing Earth, Indigenous Intertribal Dance Ensemble, and my friend if she would model for me.

I also asked her friend, the famed red carpet designer Randolph Duke, if he would mail us

a dress or two for Rulan to wear for the photo shoot.

Randolph was kind and said yes. He wanted to visit Rulan in Santa Fe, so he came for the shoot with many of his beautiful award winning gowns.

My friend Chris Poole, animal curator at The New Mexico Wildlife Center, brought Sienna, the one eyed hawk to the shoot.  

For me everything centered around this amazing creature.

 During the shoot Rulan bravely modeled with Sienna. Chris was close by at all times to help.

We were hosted by my long time friend and artist, Stacey Neff, at The Spur Ranch,

located outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Trey Pickett added his power and grace to the shoot as the second model.

Trey is a friend of Rulan’s and a company member at Dancing Earth.

 Hair & make-up styling was done by my beautiful and talented friend Dina DeVore.

My close friend Carlos Beuth assisted me with lighting and my partner,

artist Richard Kurtz, helped me with the whole production.

This shoot was a real team effort.

 

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Rulan & Trey • Dress by Randolph Duke • Spur Ranch, New Mexico ~ Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan & Trey • Dress by Randolph Duke • Spur Ranch, New Mexico ~ Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Dancer Trey Pickett of Dancing Earth • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Dancer Trey Pickett of Dancing Earth • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan & Trey • Dress by Randolph Duke • Spur Ranch, New Mexico ~ Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan & Trey • Dress by Randolph Duke • Spur Ranch, New Mexico ~ Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan & Trey • Dress by Randolph Duke • Spur Ranch, New Mexico ~ Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan & Trey • Dress by Randolph Duke • Spur Ranch, New Mexico ~ Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

“The fabric for this dress was hand painted by an artist on silk Plisse chiffon .

It was part of a collection I did back near the millennium that had a decidedly nautical theme….

I wanted this gown to look like the water on the sea shimmering and glistening and undulating in beautiful natural shades of deep sea blue aquamarine and seafoam.

Ultimately I lined the fabric with a layer of gleaming silver sequins on navy blue silk tulle to give it the shimmering rippling effect it has when worn……

This veiling effect of covering otherwise sparkly Pailettes and crystals with sheer silks is one I often use when creating gowns for women

and trying to achieve the effect of radiating, glowing  and  shimmering from the inside out.”

Randolph Duke

Forever Sky • Santa Fe, New Mexico by Jennifer Esperanza

Forever Sky • Santa Fe, New Mexico by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan models on one of Stacey Neff’s sculptures.

 

Rulan wears Randolph Duke • Art by Stacey Neff • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan wears Randolph Duke • Art by Stacey Neff • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

 

Rulan wears Randolph Duke • Art by Stacey Neff • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan wears Randolph Duke • Art by Stacey Neff • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

 

Rulan wears Randolph Duke • Art by Stacey Neff • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan wears Randolph Duke • Art by Stacey Neff • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

“The Ruched silk  gauze  pale aqua gown was part of a collection I did for spring 2001 in New York.

The collection was a goddess themed collection and though Goddess imagery and inspiration

has been a part of all my collections this particular spring 2001 collection was dedicated to a more literal translation and less abstract incarnation of the actual goddess.

I used many pale shades including silvers nudes whites and a few very pale aquatic colors like this pale aqua marine which is lined in a silver stretch tulle

that gives it a magical shimmering affect almost like the inside of the shell.

I had tiny dyed-to -match shells embroidered on the center of the gown that give it a textural,

fringy effect and create a charming delicate sound when a woman moves in it ……

almost like a chandelier makes when it’s crystals touch .

For me, it’s always about creating something a bit heightened,

a bit aspirational for a woman to feel truly elevated and empowered and strong!”

Randolph Duke 

Dancer Trey Pickett of Dancing Earth • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Dancer Trey Pickett of Dancing Earth • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan in Gold with Sienna the Hawk

 

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Senna by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Sienna by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Senna by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Sienna by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Senna by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Sienna by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Senna by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Sienna by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan Tangen wearing Randolph Duke • Senna the Hawk by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan Tangen wearing Randolph Duke • Sienna the Hawk by Jennifer Esperanza

 

“The Gold leafed jersey fabric I used to create this sensual gown  felt like an opportunity to create something sexy and strong at once!

It has a very open low-cut back and a crisscross front quality all draped to create an illusion of being one with Rulan’s skin and body

and reflecting the light beautifully and allowing her to glow like a golden Icon! 

I accented the under bust empire line with the row of freshwater sea pearls

all different yet very organic in shape to punctuate, contrast and anchor the gown to the body.”

Randolph Duke

Out Takes & Shout Outs

Chris teaching Rulan about Senna • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Chris teaching Rulan about Sienna • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

My partner, artist Richard Kurtz & Rulan • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

My partner, artist Richard Kurtz & Rulan • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Chris handing Senna to Rulan • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Chris handing Sienna to Rulan • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Carlos Beuth Assists with lighting Rulan Tangen wearing Randolph Duke • Photo by Richard Kurtz

Carlos Beuth assists with lighting  Rulan Tangen in Randolph Duke • Photo by Richard Kurtz

 

Designer Randolf Duke • Rulan & Trey • Photo by Jennifer Esperaa

Designer Randolph Duke • Rulan & Trey • Photo by Jennifer Esperaa

 

Hair & Make-up by Dina DeVore • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Hair & Make-up by Dina DeVore • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Art by Stacey Neff • Location Spur Ranch • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Art by Stacey Neff • Location Spur Ranch • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Dancer Rulan Tangen and Designer Randolph Duke by Jennifer Esperanza

Dancer Rulan Tangen and Designer Randolph Duke • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

All the Credits 

 

Credits • Thank You All Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Credits • Thank You All • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

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To Donate to The New Mexico Wildlife Center 

 

Chris & Senna in Green Planet first published by THE magazine • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Chris & Sienna in Green Planet first published by THE magazine • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

 

To Donate to The New Mexico Wildlife Center 

 

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Rulan Tangen of Dancing Earth in Green Planet • First Published by THE magazine • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan Tangen of Dancing Earth in Green Planet • First Published by THE magazine • Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

To Donate to Dancing Earth

Rulan Tangen of Dancing by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan Tangen of Dancing by Jennifer Esperanza

 

To Donate to Dancing Earth 

 

Facts about Hawks

 

“Hawks are said to have a vision that is about eight times more acute than humans with good eyesight (as good as 20/2).

This is because of many photoreceptors in the retina (Up to 1,000,000 per square mm, against 200,000 for humans),

a very high number of nerves connecting the receptors to the brain, a second set of eye muscles not found in other animals,

and an indented fovea which magnifies the central part of the visual field.”

From the site Beauty of Birds

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/hawks.htm

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Rulan in Randolph Duke & Senna by Jennifer Esperanza

Rulan in Randolph Duke & Sienna by Jennifer Esperanza

 

Rulan & the Hawk

To buy this print please contact me here.

jennymahita@gmail.com

Part of the profits after printing cost will go to Dancing Earth & to The New Mexico Wildlife Center

$550.00 + Shipping

20 x 24 Archival Ink Jet Print

Printed by Master Printer Robert Erlichman of  Art Guild Press

Blessings of the Earth & Sky,

Jennifer Esperanza

xox

© Esperanza Culture Productions 2016

 

13 Comments

  • Alexandra Eldridge

    05.08.2016 at 07:26 Reply

    Astounding!!!!!!!!

  • Alexandra Eldridge

    05.08.2016 at 07:26 Reply

    Astounding!!!!!!!!

  • randy price

    05.08.2016 at 07:54 Reply

    stunning imagery!!! nice,

  • Sara Meredith

    05.08.2016 at 08:59 Reply

    Absolutely breathtaking!

  • Laura Shields

    05.08.2016 at 10:06 Reply

    There is so much wonderful and important coverage here, and the photography is exquisite. I can’t wait to share it. <3

  • C. Whitney-Ward

    05.08.2016 at 10:35 Reply

    BRAVO!!!!!!

  • Sandra Filippucci

    05.08.2016 at 10:43 Reply

    SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHY ESPERANZA IS NOT DOING VOGUE SHOOTS. Sexual elegance rarely seen. Powerfullly feminine. I’m proud to know you Jennifer.

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