Sunday, March 23, 2014

One with the Clear Eyes, La Habana, Cuba, 2005 + 2013




A familiar face to many of us, this is her portrait eights years after her first. She is now a mother of a beautiful boy and a teacher, helping support her family. Her eyes are still as piercing, and her expressions have become even more complicated in a wonderful way. 

She lives with her mother, stepfather and two siblings, as well as her grandfather in a small shack. All with the exception of her grandfather sleep on one bed and in the upper space of their one room home. In the summer the heat is almost unbearable, yet she greets us every single time with this expression magnified.

For those unfamiliar with the face, the original image is included at the top. She was but ten years old and had just walked from El Malecon in her red swimsuit over to her father's house. Her hair was as wild as the waves that day.

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