Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Magnificent One + El Malecon, La Habana, Cuba, Summer of 2014


Here she sits on the point of El Malecon with the famous strip of hotels in the background. We arrived early in the morning before sunrise, before the tourists claimed this spot for themselves. There was a street sweeper sitting on a ledge to the left, and we borrowed his broom to clean the floor on which she is sitting in this image. The local crowd got a kick out of seeing a foreigner doing such a task, and her mother snapped a few pictures of the scene.

For the next hour she went through her performance to the delight of the people passing by, and to the lens focused solely on her. We chose this location because it was the only one on El Malecon which lacked a wall separating the sidewalk from the water. The thought was to place the city behind her, and to her feet, while her body soared into the sky.

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