Yosef is a 34-year-old tattoo artist from Centro Habana
His apartment is built on the roof of a three-story building. He lives better than most because he has a skill that is in demand.
A skinny stairway begins the trek to his apartment.
On the roof.
A typical bachelor’s habitat.
I met Juan Carlos when I noticed him sitting next to a welder and, being a welder in my previous life, I tried to make conversation. Fortunately Juan Carlos’ English was better than my Spanish. He was waiting for someone to pick him up and take him to a job.
Juan Carlos fabricates doors, windows, and railings. What I would call ornamental iron work. In Havana many people have bars on windows and outer doors with padlocks for security. https://wp.me/p4fUlX-w1
Juan Carlos has become a good friend of mine over the last two years. He has let me photograph his apartment, taken me to meet his 92 year-old grandmother, let me photograph from the roof of his building, and introduced me to many people in his neighborhood.
Last year I purchased an electric grinder for him on the black market. Now he doesn’t have to borrow (rent) one when he has a job to do.
A modest, but clean and efficient kitchen.
A comfortable living area.
Stairway to a loft where his daughter and grandson sleep.
He keeps the welder in his bedroom.
Stories and photos of a dozen others in this series can be found here: https://wp.me/p4fUlX-AT
Give me a balcony anytime. Forget the casa on the ground floor. I want to hang out above a busy street, smoke a good cigar, sip some good rum, and watch the world go by. Of course, I always have a camera close by.
Savor the moment
Something will usually happen.
If not, move on.
I was enjoying the artwork on the wall when this man walked by, stopped, and turned around.
I waited for someone interesting to pass by this wall. The color and stripes on this man’s clothing complimented the background.
Kids will always do something interesting.
I liked the blue truck against the blue background and then a woman in blue walked into the scene.
I was trying to document the construction in Havana. This woman shows the difficulty people had just to walk the streets.
It was interesting enough to see a trailer of fans being unloaded, but then I got a wave.
There is this attraction to the “Beatles” in Cuba. I stood across from this poster in Camaguey and simply waited for subjects to pass by.
I loved the colors and patterns framing this old couple in Havana.
Sure enough, this woman stopped right in front of this wall. I could not have placed her better, myself.
One Saturday in Havana I noticed a young girl awkwardly wielding a broom. She saw me with my camera and smiled. Soon another girl appeared, also with a broom, then another, and then a young boy. When the father emerged with a broom, I realized it was cleaning day in his house and …. everyone sweeps.
It’s always fun when I get a reaction to the camera.
Parque Calixto Garcia is the largest park in the center of Holguin.
The four streets that surround the park house stores, restaurants and taxis. As expected, it is the center of activity, day or night.