Monday, September 21, 2009

Man Cutting Grass, East of Habana, Cuba, 2008

Here is a man whose daily job is to cut down the grass on the side of the road. He is given a certain length for maintenance. He works twelve hours a day under the hot sun and does all the work with his hands, his sweat.

We stop at the side of the road and ask him for his portrait while working. Even though we have a rental car, he allows the three of us to make his portrait while cutting the grass. He is just wonderful, never looks at us and allows us a view of his life as if we are absent.

We talk for fifteen or so minutes after the photography and get an idea of his circumstances. He lives nearby and walks to this spot. He helps support his family with this contribution to the collective society. He humbles us with a sense of peace, a sense of accomplishment.