The cuban travel is a photographic project born there more than 7 years ago, the fruit of many trips on this island. Not totally a photo report, even if it shows a large amount of work on the specificity of the island (music, rum, beach, cigar, American car, gamecock, Santeria, etc ...), not touristy at all (I never stayed in those hotels), not simply travel pictures either (after almost ten trips I feel a little at home!), not this, not that ...
So what is The cuban travel ?
It's a subjective photographic journey : black and white, 50mm fixed focal essentially, a zest of 35mm, dense and dark print, blur or out of focus, ...
A mix, updated and personal work, in a different country, between the mexican journey of Bernard Plossu and the American of Robert Frank. I know I'm not afraid of the comparisons but these two were already part of my references long before I set my feet, and the rest there. They have fed my photographic writing long before my first trip.
It is an attempt to affect the Cuban soul (oh the big word) without loosing myself, it's one "who am I" in another area of our planet.
It's the not fear of our own presence, it's the anti "I'm invisible" behind my Leica (I do no have this) or telephoto lens.
This is an informative oscillating between informative prose and poetry of the unspeakable.
It is the not-search for the beauty, even if we sometimes affect him, but rather of the truth, the authentic.
It is human contact, even when I didn't speak Spanish, it's the persons that I look at and who look at me.
It is the encounter with the woman who will soon become my wife.
This is ultimately a book (but we are not there yet)
Because before this
I need you ...
Part of this work is to see here
Or for an overall view
Please note this is a blog, not a site, in other words the final project will be much more condensed, so remember, you can see more than 500 pictures, and the editing is still ongoing ...