Sometimes the shot jumps out at you and you have to react quickly. You compose and shoot without conversation because you know it won’t last. After a burst of 3, 4, or 5 shots you look at your camera to see if you can refine the image. It’s then that you realize that you got caught. Caught in the act of capturing someone’s daily life. Most of the time they put up with it. Sometimes they flash you a smile or a Cuban two-fingered salute. Once in a while they yell, wave you off, demand money, or simply disappear. In those cases, I’ll try to make amends with small talk, gifts, or a CUC.
I love photographing in Havana. I get away with a lot.
Caught – the wave off.
Caught, but ……..
Caught – Cuban with a big knife.
…. and a smile,
so I approach …. (he’s still smiling)
Caught – two-fingered salute.
Caught – with a handful.