If I had to choose a single photo shoot in the past that was the most fun and exciting, it would be my work for Elle Mexico called "World's End." We traveled to Tikal, Guatemala, which is one of the largest archeological sites and urban centers of the Mayan civilization. The site is part of Tikal National Park, and was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily.
Some people believed that, as derived from Mayan scriptures and calendar, the world was going to end on December 21, 2012. That legend inspired this fashion story, which featured Ania Kisiel and I as "last women standing," showcasing strong women in a post-apocalyptic environment. There was probably no better location to shoot such a story since the city of Tikal went through a societal collapse itself: "There is evidence that Tikal was conquered by Teotihuacan," another mezo-american city located in today's Mexico," in the 4th century AD. Maya civilization," of which Tikal was a major center, "faced a gradual population decline, culminating with the site’s abandonment by the end of the 10th century."
In this fashion editorial, woman's beauty, power, and utmost determination to survive are highlighted in the decaying city in the midst of a savage jungle. Two women struggle for survival with hand-made tools while clothed in leather, structured armor-like, warrior pieces from brands such as Chanel, BCBG Max Azria, Citrine by the Stones H.Stern and others.