Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pontiac in Cuba, Havana, Cuba, 2016

The hood ornaments from Detroit move eerily along the streets of Cuba, like ghosts from the past. They range from Chief Pontiac to Cadillac's Flying Lady. They are reminders of a complex past, when automakers with arrogance placed certain symbols on the front of their shiny cars, without much thought to the significance.

In Cuba these ornaments take on an additional significance, for the history between the nations has made it so. They sit on top of cars which have existed since before the revolution, and have seen the evolution of that same revolt for over six decades. They have born witness to the exultation as well as the heartbreak.

Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/180 mm lens with extension tubes onto Ilford Delta 100 film.

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