Sunset on a Saturday afternoon along Havana's famed Malacon.
A young ballerina practices in Havana, Cuba. Ballet is an important part of Cuba's identity and the Cuban National Ballet is world-class.
It's a hot, humid night somewhere in the tropics. I don't remember where. Still and quiet other than the buzzing of the insects. And I am alone with my thoughts,…
Havana's Malecon is much more than a broad esplanade that separates the city from the Gulf of Mexico. More than merely a seawall, it is the place many Habaneros spend…
In Cuba, ballet is wildly popular and the best of the best, the prima ballerinas, are national treasures. Ballet is Cuba’s premier cultural export. Thanks to Fidel,dance flourished during the…
It seems there is a list for everything this time of year. You name it and there is a list for it. So, not wanting to be left out, here is my list of ten of my favorite photographs I made in 2015. 2015 has been a busy year. We were in Cuba twice, Prague, Czech Republic, and Budapest, Hungary. Plus I completed an aerial photography project of the islands in Pine Island Sound, Florida, where I live.
The Malecon, that broad esplanade that separates the sea and city, is the heart and soul of Havana and Habaneros. It's late Saturday afternoon and the weather is clearing. A stiff breeze across the Florida Straits continues to push some large waves crashing into the rocks below. People gather to enjoy themselves as the sun slowly finishes tracing its arc across the Caribbean sky.
Three young men sit on the seawall along Havana's Malecon watching the approaching thunderstorm.
These are heady times for the people of Cuba. Exciting times for sure, but fraught with uncertainty. The re-opening of diplomatic relations (embassies in Havana and Washington are set to open July 20) and the inevitable lowering of the decades-long embargo will bring unknowable change to our island neighbor to the south. Cuba, a country of incredible natural beauty, remains much as it was sixty years ago. Her people are warm, friendly and welcoming. Havana was surely one of the most beautiful cities in the world in the mid 20th Century. She is still beautiful, but sadly, a beauty of decay. But there is a rhythm of life there, a sensuality like no place else. A photographer’s dream.
Cuba is such a beautiful country, and everywhere you go, there’s music and people dancing – especially in Havana. ___ Julia Sawalha