Saturday, April 23, 2016

River, Countryside, Cuba, 20115

This image of a river was made adjacent to the field with the horses from the previous post. We had stopped early in the morning in this spot, as we usually did for the sake of light. Normally we would find a location the night before, sleep nearby until the morning and then photograph the area during the first two hours of light.

Working with Alejandro is a dream. He does more than drive, as he is my company for the entire two months. His patience is incredible, as is his love for the families in our work. He makes this work in the countryside possible, both in terms of transportation and in terms of photographic assistant. He knows light as photographers do, and understands the urgency of being there at the right time.

One time I asked him, 'would you like to be with your family for a week or so, while I walk around in the city?' He answered me in this way: 'Halim, do you think I would prefer to cut sugar cane all day or to photograph these beautiful families with you?' He went on with a smile, 'do you know what it's like to cut sugar cane?'

I have never had the pleasure of cutting sugar cane under the grueling sun, but am glad that Alejandro has always chosen to hand that task over to his assistants while heading into the countryside with me!

Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180 mm combination onto Kodak TMX film.

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