The idea behind the Angel of Dirt was born as a reaction to the propaganda we are exposed to on a daily basis, which shows us beautiful, clean and perfect when and where it really is not. With this issue we delve beneath the surface to uncover the ‘dirt’, the untold truth of our reality. Our photographer was able to capture and frame the expression of our Angel, an expression worth a thousand words. “We wanted to show purity compromised,” says Editor in Chief Barbara Manconi, “and we could not have found a better model to convey this idea. Her face is beautiful, fragile, lost, haunted and haunting at the same time. She is looking straight at you saying “I am dirty. Why are you making me so?.” Our make-up artist Diana Rangel mastered her special effects skills on our Angel to convey a genuinely dirty, sad and tearful look.
MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
Q:What or Who is the Angel of Dirt for you?
A: Angel of dirt represents the deep opinion of our future generations will have of us if we do not create and make change for them. They look back in time at us and ask why did we fail them with such apathy.
Q: What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
A: This was a paradigm shift for a lot of us. It is just not the poor child in a developing world that experiencing the effects of how we are treating our world, but every child.
Q: Why did you chose that specific photo for the Cover of the Dirty Issue?
A: This photo conveyed what I envisioned in her expression, sitting in the dirt, telling the world we need to change.
Q: What is your favorite photographic inspiration?
A: Faces, they are fingerprints to the soul. They tell us in such detail what people have experienced good or bad in life. If they have been a saint or a sinner, sometimes both.
Q: What is the biggest challenge in shooting children? Did you have any?
A: The biggest challenge is separating what we project on them and allow them to show us who they are. As adults we have rules, But why Rules? Did rules ever stop a child from playing? No.
MEET THE MODEL:
Q: Did you have fun modeling for Natural Child World Angel of Dirt photo shoot? If so, what was the most fun part?
A: Yes, it was very messy. The funnest part was taking off all the make up.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school?
A: Help my daddy do photography.
Q: If you could have 3 wishes come true, what would they be?
A: For my mom and dad to finish their divorce.
Q: Where is the dirtiest place you have ever been?
A: The Photo Shoot!
Q: Who is your best friend and why?
A: Violet, because her mom is a photographer and is friends with my dad.