Fresh out of the scanner
With a daunting backlog of negatives waiting to be scanned, I recently made my way through a few rolls that I’d shot in Cuba in 2010.
Cuba is well known as a photographers paradise and I shot more than my daily recommended dosage accordingly.
However, the photographs that I produced are by no means a complete body of work. Rather, they hint at what I need to concentrate more intently on in future.
This particular photograph was taken in Santiago de Cuba near the island’s south eastern tip. Eerily, it was only a few days after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on the 12th of January. Yet Santiago – a couple of hundred kilometres from Port-au-Prince – appeared largely unaware of its neighbours plight.
I always love to photograph people in and around the portals to their homes – windows, doors, front gates. They provide symbolic references as much as they do physical frames with which to compose a photograph.
In this picture (from memory) these two weren’t actually looking for one another (or playing a game of tag like children) as it might appear, but from where I was standing I could see the image that was about to unfold before it did.
A good lesson in how different one’s perception can be from that of another based on their point-of-view.