Friday, November 24, 2017

Farmer, 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 one of her neighbors was this man. He was just returning to his home when we ran across each other. We talked for a few minutes and then he gave us permission to make his portrait. We had a mixture of sun and clouds on this day, yet the sun came through just for his portrait and that of his neighbor before heading back behind the clouds.

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

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

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