Time changes everything, especially in Cuba. After becoming aware of this crucial time sensitive turning point in Cuba’s history, I solidified my decision to make the trip. I felt compelled to photograph before the transformation became obvious. This small isle, only 90 miles from Florida has been isolated from the United States since the final days of the Revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959. After the revolution, Communism was established as the new way of living for the Cuban people. Cuba is so close yet so far away from life as we know it in the United States and other parts of the world. I felt it important to document this difference before it changes.
The faces in my photos reflect men, women and children living in Havana where basic physical needs are met, education is vital and creative arts are encouraged. I found the people to be very friendly and as interested in me as I was in them. I chose these images taken on the streets of Havana to reflect independence and isolation, two of the many characteristics of the Cuban people. I saw people moving at their own pace and in their own world unaffected by commercial and technological challenges.
Cuba is a fascinating place where face-to-face conversation dominates over cell phones, where food is not taken for granted and an item like a disposable razor is a luxury. Change is in the air but many Cubans don’t feel it and few have been affected by it.
Time will tell us what changes will occur in Cuba but technology assures us that a photo taken today will live forever to tell the story of these significant moments in time. In spite of the political complexities I found Cuba to be unique, beautiful and filled with welcoming people.
Visiting Cuba made me reflect seriously on my own needs, wants and all the differences between the two. I have a better appreciation for freedom and the ability to make choices that affect my life. It is my sincere desire to return as soon as possible to continue documenting and learning about life in Cuba.
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