babaà black

new colour, beautiful work, hope, shapes, possibilities and a conversation.



“black as a new colour for us, as a colour of hope and possibility, a colour of shapes and imagination”



Thank you Saskia de Brauw, Yelena Yemchuk, April Hughes and Romy Soleimani for magic images  showing our collection just how we feel it.

Inspired by Angel Ferrante´s work also pictured above, his found objects in Galicia´s  coast lines (living nature), as natural as can be and as inspiring to us.

Below a non edited email conversation between us and Saskia about movement, shapes and black:



Marta: in how we move we approach life, I was thinking of getting paralyzed with fear or stress and how moving moves you further to the next stage to better, 
I mentioned in our mood birds still fly, we are here, despite it all
What gets you moving what has you flying like a bird and sharing that energy (your light) that inspires us all? 

Saskia: Many things get me moving. I like moving and expressing my body for pictures. I try to make sense of a relationship between my body, the space and the clothes I am wearing. I explore  together with a photographer where the boundaries are and I enjoy this.
But too I get moved by beauty. The feeling it gives inside and outside your body is wholesome, music that gives peace to the soul.
I get moved by the kindness of people, it teaches me to be humble.
To move is a beautiful word. It has meaning on many levels.
But lately too I am interested in what happens when we do not move and tap into the constant changing flux of sensations. Become really still, hear silence between sounds and to find out what is happening right here right now.  Then suddenly we come to  realize that everything is constantly changing and that we can not hold onto anything forever.

Marta: This is a new colour for babaà (a brand of colours) I thought of black like a new colour, like light not darkness,  an open space instead of a lack of it, I find black a color of hope and possibility, a colour for shapes and imagination. You here in black, so moving, so free. Does black make you feel a particular way?

Saskia: For a while I purposefully did not wear black. Wearing a dash of colour made me feel uplifted. I wore a pink coat, colourful scarfs or even details like socks and underwear to add colour to my day. I had not thought about black before in the way you describe it. I like how you see blackness!
Where I live the nights are extremely black, there are no lights on the roads. Suddenly I can see stars again! Because of the intense darkness the magnificent lights of far away stars become visible. In absence we find presence. Maybe in darkness we can find contrast, through darkness things appear.

Marta: I wanted to share this poem by Adrienne Rich that inspired me so much for the mood of this shoot, Dark / Light 



Living    in the earth-deposits    of our history

Today a backhoe divulged    out of a crumbling flank of earth
one bottle    amber    perfect    a hundred-year-old
cure for fever    or melancholy    a tonic
for living on this earth    in the winters of this climate

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered    from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years    by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end
the source of the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin    of her finger-ends
till she could no longer hold    a test-tube or a pencil

She died    a famous woman    denying
her wounds
her wounds    came    from the same source as her power


Saskia: Thank you it is very beautiful!
Do you know the book ‘In praise of shadows’? By Tanizaki?
Probably you do!
I will be sending you  a book Vincent and I made two years ago.
I hope you will enjoy that too. The project is about time, silence and connection.
THANK YOU ALL  who inspire babaà, wear babaà, dream, read and make this all happen, thank YOU for the magic xxx