Roberto

Roberto

A Cuban guide and friend, our relationship, and the end of a short life.

Derrumbe

Derrumbe

Spanish. To collapse, as el derrumbe de communismo. The cry "Derrumbe" usually follows the sound of a huge crash. It occurs when a large building collapses. There are many shells of such buildings through out Havana. These are always a good source of fun and...

Twelve Years of Cuba

Twelve Years of Cuba

Teen age boys learning the national occupation This a somewhat long essay recounting many of my memories and experiences from visiting Cuba ave twelve years. I thought some might find it interesting, especially since Cuba is in the news these days. I would appreciate...

Cuba Workshop–Winter 2012

Cuba Workshop–Winter 2012

Cuba: Ten Years Later In March 2000, my wife and I went to Havana, Cuba to participate in a photography workshop sponsored by the Maine Photographic Workshops. We made friends with artists, musicians, photographers, old Revolutionaries, among others. I recall that on...

“Midway Cafe” — La Bodeguita del Medio

“Midway Cafe” — La Bodeguita del Medio

The Bodeguita del Medio or "Midway Cafe" is a long time institution in Habana Vieja. It was one of Hemingway's haunts. It has become a tourist destination and is a stop on the government employed guide's tour--what most US citizens get. “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My...

After the Parade

After the Parade

I first started going to Cuba in 2000. Over the years I logged just under a year of being there. Sometimes alone, other times with groups of photography students. I had one exhibition of my photos at a small gallery and it was successful in being well received by the...

Roberto and Maria

Roberto and Maria

Roberto is one of my best friends-anywhere. He is a guide, translator, and Santeria priest. Maria, his wife, was a folkloric dance instructor. We always enjoyed the reviews of dance her classes presented. she died of Hepatitis C several years ago. Roberto was very...

All Saints Day

All Saints Day

All Saints Day Today is All Saint’s Day. It is also called All Hallows or Hallowmas. Celebrated on November 1, it is preceded by All Hallows Eve or Halloween and is followed on November 2 by All Souls Day otherwise known as the Day of the Dead, a day celebrated with...

Twelve Years of Cuba

Twelve Years of Cuba

Teen age boys learning the national occupation This a somewhat long essay recounting many of my memories and experiences from visiting Cuba ave twelve years. I thought some might find it interesting, especially since Cuba is in the news these days. I would appreciate...

All Saints Day

All Saints Day

All Saints Day Today is All Saint’s Day. It is also called All Hallows or Hallowmas. Celebrated on November 1, it is preceded by All Hallows Eve or Halloween and is followed on November 2 by All Souls Day otherwise known as the Day of the Dead, a day celebrated with...

Photography Books

Photography Books

Publishing a book. The goal of so many people in the arts, the sciences, and those who aspire to write. I was spurred on to go to Lystra Books after reading the piece by Nora Estheimer on TriArtSpark, a local arts and opinion site put together by Trudy Thomson. I have...

Essay- Street Photography

Essay- Street Photography

If you ask someone to define “snapshot,” they typically squirm and say something like, “You know, a picture, I mean not an art photo, just a picture.” They might add that it is not in focus, that it is of a family, that it was made with a cheap camera, that it was...

Twelve Years of Cuba

Twelve Years of Cuba

Teen age boys learning the national occupation This a somewhat long essay recounting many of my memories and experiences from visiting Cuba ave twelve years. I thought some might find it interesting, especially since Cuba is in the news these days. I would appreciate...