Sunday, November 19, 2017

Charcoal Maker, Manzanillo, Cuba, 2016

His portrait comes to mind as my visit to Nicaragua nears. My hope is that rural Nicaragua is as welcoming as its counterpart in Cuba, and as beautiful. Thanks to my family in Nicaragua plans are being made to do just that, head to the countryside in search of those working with their hands. 

This beautiful man's portrait was made as we drove to the eastern part of Cuba in search of a family. We found that family, and over the span of five days made portraits of its daughter, an inspiration well worth the 14 hour drive. In the mornings we photographed her, and in the afternoons we drove to the villages on the outskirts of the town and photographed the farmers in the villages.

Our connection in this village was a cousin to the family in the larger town, and her husband was this man. The fire in the frame had lost its strength but was still strong enough to keep us at a distance. This incredible man however worked in the midst of it all, like it was nothing to him. He collected the precious bits of charcoal efficiently while we looked on and made his portrait.

It was an honor to have produced his portrait, and I can only look forward to doing the same in Nicaragua in less than two weeks!

Note: This image was made with a Hasselblad 555 ELD/100 mm combination.

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