Just weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the US and everything more or less shut down for a few months, I was lucky to get to squeeze one last trip out of 2020. I spent a week in Havana, Cuba —staying in a hostel that doubled as a convent and was run by the nuns. I spent my days and nights exploring Havana and the surrounding areas — meeting other photographers, artists, dancers, boxers, fishers, farmers, and chefs. I loved photographing this historic city — however briefly.
Then I got home, and everything changed. My 2020 calendar got wiped clean, as almost every assignment and project I had that involved international travel got put on hold or outright canceled. I kept busy shooting small local advertising jobs and headshots for several months and put completing these images on the back burner for too long. But as 2020 turned into 2021, I decided that it was time to sit down and revisit the rest of this library of images, finish the collection, and share them — It felt like the right time finally.
After spending the last year homebound, I miss travel. I’ve been looking back fondly on this last trip: Early morning coffee on the Plaza Vieja, getting demolished by a giant wave while I was walking along the Malecon, incredible food and drinks at the Paladares I ate at, navigating the narrow and rickety network of docks that seemed to go on forever at Cojimar village, and spending several nights at my new favorite bar — El Dandy.
Hopefully, when things return to some semblance of normalcy, I’ll get to make a more substantial return trip to create more of these portraits of Havana. In the meantime — enjoy!