Friday, March 28, 2014

Campesino + Machete, La Habana, Cuba, Summer of 2013



We ran across this gentle man as Alejandro guided me through a new neighborhood. We saw very little since most were still asleep. This man however had already worked in the morning and was headed in our direction. Alejandro already knew my thoughts and asked him to be photographed. He agreed most amicably and we sat down for a few minutes to the side of the street to talk while getting the gear ready.

We began with the close images and had a feeling that perhaps direct sunlight might be a bit much for a direct portrait. Alejandro then pulled the reflector out and we made his portrait while he sat on the steps of a neighbor's house. We spent maybe thirty minutes together, packed up our gear and walked in opposite directions. By far his portrait was my favorite of the morning. Of course when we return to the area this summer he will be handed these images, and many more.

These images were made just outside of Havana, and represent a body of work recorded onto traditional film. The system used was a Hasselblad 555 ELD with a 180mm lens, along with Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film.

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