Wandering the streets of Camaguey is an adventure in exploring a completely new area and I ventured out on my own. When photographing, in general, it is great to have company with whom I can rendezvous in the general area but it is a meditative experience with my camera and I enjoy focusing quietly as I observe the areas for subject matter. Meeting the local people and interacting with them if I want to take a portrait is a unique and personal experience. Sometimes, there are group interactions and discussions and photo opportunities and today we observed talented flamenco dancers and then visited a family of sisters and children in their home environment. The Flamenco Dancers were at the Director of Andante-The Flamenco Project. It is 20 years old.
In March of 2017, my husband and I travelled from Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad on less travelled roadways with our photographer friend, Carlos Otero. Carlos was working on a Portrait Project after his highly successful Bedrooms of Cuba Project. He took us to locations off the beaten path to see the real Cuba that he loves so much. “Cuba-On The Road” is a reflection of my experience there and way of seeing the world of nature, objects, things and people we encountered during this week driving along the coast and through the mountains where Che Guevara and Fidel Castro fought for power and control over fifty years ago. I created images that reflect my impressions of the people, their lives and the environment in which they conduct their daily rituals. My photographs are portraits of life in Cuba away from tourists from afar. Each image represents a moment in time. I have documented this with my camera and organized the details of the image with my personal arrangement of visual information. My goal is to present my impressions and experience as we explored together along this route. Carlos was photographing, arranging lodging and meals and driving. My husband requested that we go fishing with the local fishermen and visit the area of The Bay of Pigs to learn more about the political history of Cuba. I documented it all feeling the luxury of having my husband with me to explore this land of joy, sharing, turmoil and hardship. It was the perfect trip. Magical; happy and interesting with unexpected surprises along the way.
A record of the political history of Cuba on the walls of a private home for former Boxer in Havana. Many personal treasures from his life collected and displayed in this home.
Leaving the humidity of the East and making my journey back to the west coast from Cuba. Many friends have been made. Wonderful memories of colour, vibrancy of Havana and and shared time in the plantation style lobby of the Hotel Parque Centrale with other photographers on our tour.
I am very excited to post a photograph I took last night in Havana at the Hotel Parque Centrale of our Photographer leader, Arthur Meyerson and Claudia Corrales, the grandaughter of Raol Corrales. Raol Corrales was a famous Cuban photographer who documented the Revolutionary period in Cuba.