One of the things I love the most about shooting backstage is the "danger". The "danger" to make it but also the "danger" to not make it at all. No medium lines behind the scenes, you just have the picture or not, you ask for a picture or you don't ask for it, you do it or you do not do it, you're in but the next second you could be out.
In a matter of seconds, what seems to be the coolest place in the building could become the most stressful fortress where the slightest action could affect the result and with it, destroy the purpose of your presence.
Distance is one of the biggest challenges but also one of the privileges you get when shooting behind the scenes. Unlike front stage, at the backstage you get to deal with the temper, the bad mood, the hours of no sleep, the hunger, the sandwiches, the shouting, the rush, the sweat and the anticipation that in the best of the cases, you achieve to show in pictures. (No easy thing!)
During my trip to New YorK City, I was lucky enough to access backstage at Ricardo Seco's show for the first time.
Ricardo is one of the few (maybe the only one at the moment, tell me if I'm wrong) Mexican Designers to showcase during Fashion Week in New York City. So that was a very special occasion since I had never attended a fashion show from a designer that comes from my country in foreign grounds.
The Eyebeam Gallery was the selected venue for the presentation of "POWER", Ricardo Seco's Spring/Summer 2014 Collection inspired by an eclecticism of Shanghai and New York City's urban landscapes and colorful vibrations of cosmopolitan magnitude. Taking elements from Asia such as the traditional Changshan pants and silk tops mixed with pieces in cotton, cashmere and leather (my favourite, check out the jackets), Ricardo draws his collection with gold, black, cobalt blue and Asian floral prints, underlining a confident and powerful man who adapts to culture.
Definitely, one of the best experiences backstage, loved meeting some mexican faces which I never had the opportunity to work with in my country, but yes, in a way I could say I felt like home. A pleasure working under these conditions, great models, gentle staff and a very cool dressing team who I had fun conversations with during the work (yeah, finally in Mexican Spanish!) Looking forward to more Ricardo Seco in the future! Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Ricardo Seco gives the finishing touches before the show.
Above: Mexican actor Luis Gerardo Méndez ( He is actually from Aguascalientes, Mexico, the town I currently live in) attended the show and supported Ricardo. He wears a leather jacket designed by Ricardo Seco of course.