Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Guajiro + Machete, Countryside, Cuba, Summer of 2014


When we decided to leave Havana for the countryside, we were taking a serious chance. In the city the faces were everywhere, and represented the entire island. Working in the countryside meant that we would need to drive greater distances in between photographs, while being guaranteed nothing.

We decided to take that chance and ran across this man and his comrades clearing a field. It was a matter of a simple question and then we were immediately allowed to photograph as they worked. The spontaneity of the countryside meant that my work would take on an entirely new approach, and one which has me very excited to return.
This meant wide angle lenses rather than the portrait ones, lower angles rather than face to face, inclusion of the environment rather than exclusion and so on. It's never too late to adapt it seems! 

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Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/50 mm FLE combination onto Fuji Neopan Acros 100 ISO film.