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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 St. Vincent's La Soufriere volcano has violently erupted, displacing 60,000+ and causing irreparable damage. 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.


La Soufriere Volcano

In April of 2021, the La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent began an explosive eruption that continued for a number of weeks, and as a result, has displaced more than 60,000 of the island's residents. Homes, schools, and places of worship have been destroyed by the ash and the ensuing mudslides; vegetation has been destroyed, which will create a food shortage on the island, and as a result, the people of St. Vincent's lives have been changed forever.

Gabija Mitchell, our project collaborator and daughter of former St. Vincent prime minister 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     Creative Partnership with Gabija Mitchell

Benefitting the Vincy Volcano Relief Fund   Available Gallery in NYC 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 judgement 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 of 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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