LAILA BY BIBI CORNEJO BORTHWICK
Bibi Cornejo Borthwick was raised surrounded by cameras and fashion, as the daughter of photographer Mark Borthwick and fashion designer Maria Cornejo, so it was no surprise when she stepped behind the lens aged 14.
Borthwick has since developed her own eye that keenly captures the emotive subtleties of an individual and their environment. A distinctly unfettered and candid style, in both film and stills, has seen her lens capture names as diverse as Vince Staples to Celine, and Solange to Comme des Garçons.
For DITA, the immediacy of Borthwick’s lens captures a young girl named Laila she met by chance whilst working in Harlem through her children’s sneaker brand Bellies — which focuses on working with underprivileged kids in inner cities throughout the United States.
“Laila” is the resulting series of images capture her embracing the present day as she dances with abandon whilst the sun sets over Harlem, New York.
When I met Laila I was immediately drawn to her, not only was she beautiful, but she was curious.
She quickly told me how much she loves dancing, and when she grows up she wanted to be a lover and helper.
Bibi Cornejo Borthwick
PHOTOGRAPHY: Bibi Cornejo Borthwick