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Icons of Mustique

In September of 2020, Michael Orso shot a series of intimate portraits of the icons of the private and illustrious island of Mustique, just 10 miles off the coast of St. Vincent with executive producer Ally Hilfiger and creative partner and island native

Gabija Mitchell. 

In April of 2021, the La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent's began an explosiove eruption, and as a result, has displaced 20,000+ residents, leaving thousands without clean running water. Gabija has been on the ground providing aid to the locals, and in order to support her effort, we will be selling fine art prints of the portraits we shot, titled Icons of Mustique, to support her Vincy Volcano Relief Fund.

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La Soufriere Volcano

In April of 2021, the La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent began an explosive eruption that has continued for a number of weeks, and as a result, has displaced more than 20,000 of the island's residents and left thousands of people without access clean drinking water. Homes, schools, and places of worship have been turned into shelters, many homes housing in poor living conditions: unpreprepared, beyond full capacity, and during a pandemic. Devastation left by the ash and the unsuing concrete like mudslides (Lahars) are creating a food shortage on the island; NPR called the situation in St. Vincent a pending humanitarian crisis.

Gabija Mitchell, our project collaborator and daughter of former St. Vincent Prime Minister Sir. James Fitz-Allen Mitchell has been on the ground supplying locals with important necessities like clean food, water, shelter, among other important items.

Icons of Mustique

Michael Orso's Debut Photography Show

Executive Produced by Ally Hilfiger  | In Collaboration with Gabija Mitchell   


Benefitting the Vincy Volcano Relief Fund

Available Gallery from May 22nd to June 21st

This series of portraits is not only a peek into the vibrance and intimacy that represents the spirit of the elusive island of Mustique and its residence, but more importantly, is a celebration of self emanation; a depiction of the essence in comfortability and island humanity; a representation of who you are and all you can be when you are free from the judgment of being. Every portrait is an illustration of how an individual can weigh themselves down to nothing but the freedom that lives in the marrow of their bones.

The Series was shot using a Hasselblad 500 series camera - the quintessential professional medium format film camera of the late 1950s and 1960s that is representative of the ethos and time period in which the concept for the modern Mustique was conceived. Each photograph was shot using only natural light, which is only fitting for a project that sought to capture the natural self of each individual.

Each of the prints below have been wet drum scanned at 8,000dpi (the highest quality film scan), and will be archival pigment prints on Tier 2 fine art paper (Tier 2 is the highest quality paper), custom framed and hand-painted, and have museum quality glass. Each image will have only one print available at each size with a three size maximum print limitation at any size for each image.

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