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28 Faces, day 2.

I like to photograph people who have strength and dignity in their faces.

-Paul Strand

Havana, Cuba
photographed 11.11.2022

weathered

Some Cuban boats, somewhat worse for wear.

Side note: a New York Times article on December 10, 2022, was headlined “‘Cuba is Depopulating: Largest Exodus Yet Threatens Country’s Future.'” It mentioned a fishing village on the northern Cuban coast (the Florida side, if you will) that has seen a huge decrease in the numbers of boats anchored there; the most seaworthy of them have already been put into service for people who are attempting to flee Cuba.

So a couple of things: Playa Larga is on the southern coast, and it’s a long way to get anywhere that isn’t Cuba so probably these boats are less likely to end up carrying refugees someplace.

And how bad must things be when taking a boat like this on an open ocean becomes the preferred option?

Playa Larga, Cuba
photographed 11.10.2022

at the religion store

I stepped into this little shop – next to the boxing gym  and across the street from a church (Gimnasia de Boxeo Rafael Trejo and Hermandad de la Santísima Trinidad, if you’re keeping up with stuff like that) – because I spotted that sequined hat (?). The interior of the store was dark and it seemed like the hat (?) had stolen all the light for itself., leaving all the other religious artifacts to fend for themselves.

Or maybe I was having a heat stroke.

Havana, Cuba
photographed 11.11.2022

Cuban Christmas

Merry Christmas, Cuban style. (Or, if you don’t celebrate: here’s a photo from Cuba that was made in November and for some reason there was a decorated tree inside the house.)

Calle Lamparilla
Havana, Cuba

photographed 11.7.2022

my impression

Remember the laundry that was hanging out to dry inside an old building?

Here’s a much less literal interpretation of it – sometimes I like wandering away from my usual just-the-facts-ma’am approach and getting a little more impressionistic or artistic (or blurry!). But don’t worry: tomorrow we’ll be back in territory that’ll be a little more familiar.

Havana, Cuba
photographed 11.7.2022

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