Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father-in-Law, Guanabacoa, Cuba, Summer of 2014

One day last summer Alejandro took me to his first son's neighborhood where we planned to scout some spots for our dancers, and perhaps also make some images of the neighborhood. Although this was certainly a rural area, it was less than one hour away from Havana. As we parked the car and walked down the driveway to the gravel road, Alejandro met this man and they spoke for a minute. I of course was thinking immediately of his portrait, and Alejandro recognized this as well having worked with me for the past five years or so.

We asked to photograph him, as he turned out to be the father of Alejandro's daughter-in-law. He of course allowed us to do so in the very spot he was standing, and had a comical, kind perspective on the experience. The sun had just come up from the horizon, and cleared a few trees… yet was blocked by a few others as well. This produced the most magnificent highlight/shadow contrast and has taught me once again about the beauty and unpredictability of sunlight. 

I look forward to seeing this man in two weeks, and to handing him this portrait!

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

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