You Are Here
       
     
La Habana on the Malécon
       
     
Malécon with Orange and Green
       
     
Late Afternoon on the Malécon, No.1
       
     
Late Afternoon on the Malécon, No.2
       
     
Water Dance on the Malécon
       
     
Princess with Bicycle and Biscuits
       
     
The Great Escape
       
     
Summit Meeting
       
     
Unstoppable
       
     
Béso to Start the Day
       
     
 Trabaja Solo
       
     
por favor deja la puerta libre
       
     
Smoke and Contemplation
       
     
Curbside Dominoes
       
     
Salsa Lessons Upstairs
       
     
Hot Buttered Sweet Corn
       
     
Artist at rest with Che Guevara
       
     
Brother from Another Country
       
     
The Neighbor
       
     
dia de lavado
       
     
The Sway of her Hips
       
     
The Artist's Space
       
     
Apothecary
       
     
On the Plaza
       
     
Central Venzuela
       
     
The Beautiful Decay
       
     
Cathedral, adjacent view
       
     
Rooftops
       
     
Entrance to the City
       
     
 Catedral Silenciosa
       
     
Dreamland with Cars
       
     
You Are Here
       
     
You Are Here

April, 2014. My first trip to Havana, a partial antidote for the bereft. These photographs are the second half of a body of work titled Morning Prayer Lake, which begins on the frozen Chicago lakefront.

The impetus for all of this being the death of my Mother. The Chicago lakefront photographs were made during her final stay in the hospital. Two months later I was standing in the warm and intoxicating humidity of Havana.

Sensory overload.
The Beautiful Decay.
Juxtaposition on twelve.

La Habana on the Malécon
       
     
La Habana on the Malécon

Our driver cruised along the Malécon in the late afternoon light, sun slipping away into the ever present Atlantic. The scenes in these first few photographs are burned into my memories. La Habana, day one... I was already in love.

Malécon with Orange and Green
       
     
Malécon with Orange and Green
Late Afternoon on the Malécon, No.1
       
     
Late Afternoon on the Malécon, No.1
Late Afternoon on the Malécon, No.2
       
     
Late Afternoon on the Malécon, No.2
Water Dance on the Malécon
       
     
Water Dance on the Malécon

9:30p on the Malécon. They gathered in the corner at the edge of the breakwall, giddy and wide-eyed and in anticipation of what, I had no idea.

Then it happened... WHOOSH! The Atlantic slammed against the stone then shot straight up into the sky before raining down in a deluge upon her children.  Screams and laughter and jumping and dancing and more screams rang out from the corner. Absolute delight.

Fine. I sat down, camera on my lap and waited...

Princess with Bicycle and Biscuits
       
     
Princess with Bicycle and Biscuits
The Great Escape
       
     
The Great Escape
Summit Meeting
       
     
Summit Meeting
Unstoppable
       
     
Unstoppable
Béso to Start the Day
       
     
Béso to Start the Day
 Trabaja Solo
       
     
Trabaja Solo
por favor deja la puerta libre
       
     
por favor deja la puerta libre
Smoke and Contemplation
       
     
Smoke and Contemplation
Curbside Dominoes
       
     
Curbside Dominoes
Salsa Lessons Upstairs
       
     
Salsa Lessons Upstairs
Hot Buttered Sweet Corn
       
     
Hot Buttered Sweet Corn
Artist at rest with Che Guevara
       
     
Artist at rest with Che Guevara
Brother from Another Country
       
     
Brother from Another Country
The Neighbor
       
     
The Neighbor
dia de lavado
       
     
dia de lavado
The Sway of her Hips
       
     
The Sway of her Hips
The Artist's Space
       
     
The Artist's Space
Apothecary
       
     
Apothecary
On the Plaza
       
     
On the Plaza
Central Venzuela
       
     
Central Venzuela
The Beautiful Decay
       
     
The Beautiful Decay
Cathedral, adjacent view
       
     
Cathedral, adjacent view
Rooftops
       
     
Rooftops
Entrance to the City
       
     
Entrance to the City
 Catedral Silenciosa
       
     
Catedral Silenciosa
Dreamland with Cars
       
     
Dreamland with Cars