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We spent the first morning in Cuba wandering the streets of Cojímar, a town near Havana. The place is considered to be an inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea and there’s a monument to Ernest Hemingway. In the 1940s, what may or may not have been the largest whale shark ever was caught nearby; there is – according to Wikipedia – “considerable controversy” over the accuracy of the measurements.

In modern times, actor William Gutiérrez-Levy and singer-songwriter Camila Cabello are both from Cojímar.

The woman in the photo is not Hemingway, Guitêrrez-Levy, or Cabello.

But probably you figured that out. Especially the part about how she’s not Hemingway.

Cojímar, Cuba
photographed 11.6.2022

Posted on December 17, 2022, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wow, I like this photo… you certainly can’t tell you’ve spent years avoiding people as subjects.

    Out of curiosity, did you get contact info for Ms Hemmingway Cabello (or any of your subjects) to send them a copy of the photo you took? (I normally try to, but I don’t know if it’d be difficult to send something to Cuba).


    • Melinda Green Harvey


      I did not get her contact information; I thought about it, but the logistics of language barriers and trying to keep a bunch of people straight in my mind made me abandon that plan.

      However, over Thanksgiving, in Washington DC, I spoke with and then photographed a young woman at the National Cathedral coffee shop. She had a beautiful smile that I just loved. I gave her my card and she emailed me so I dent her the photo I’d made. Later I got an email from her that said, “I was self-conscious about my smile for years, so letting it shine and then getting this compliment and photo really felt like a milestone.” It felt like a milestone for ME, too, and I was very happy with our email conversations.

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      • Ah, that’s awesome. I look forward to seeing that photo…

        I get the language barrier thing; and aside from that, I have no idea what means of communication are available to them anyway. But it was an idea similar to your DC story that made me curious.


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