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Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

When traveling, I have this habit of talking to locals and asking them for their portraits whatever they are doing. I’d ask their names and I’d give mine even if they won’t ask. Most of the time, I got affirmative answers but there were few times I was refused but they’re willing to do it for a dollar or a donation if they’re performing something. I have no problem with that. Life is hard, for some people. For some tourists, they’d say it’s just so wrong, so they won’t give. Say what you want but I do think what I’m doing is better than sneaking photos sans permission. Traveling is supposed to be knowing and meeting people, so why not make an effort? Ask permission and have a little chat with them. If they say, no, respect it. If they say, yes, then thank him or get to know him more—if you speak (or a bit of) his language.

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In CUBA, it’s different. Life is very hard there. There are few people would pat tourists on their shoulders and ask to take a shot of them for a dollar. It happened to me twice in Trinidad and once in Santiago de Cuba. In Havana, especially outside San Cristobal Church and Plaza Vieja, women dressed in traditional costumes would bark at tourists to take a picture of them for a dollar. When they see a camera aimed at them, they’d cover their face with their hands or fan. I was annoyed but kept my calm. I never took a pic of/with them. I secretly snapped a photo. 🙂

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Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Manuel in Trinidad

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Emilio and his son in Camaguey.

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Joven in Camaguey

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Francisco in Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos

Cuba Students

Cuban Students

Cuban Fishermen

Isidro and Jorge in Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Manuel in Trinidad

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Atella and Eva

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Vladimir in Santa Clara

Teenagers in Cuba

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Men and Women in Cuba

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Woman in Cuba

Renata in Trinidad

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Jose and Jose Luis in Trinidad

Havana Woman Havana Woman

Havana Woman in a Costume Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Grade 2 pupils in a tiny classroom in Trinidad

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Cuban Security Guards

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

Tonio in Santiago de Cuba

Old Men and Women in Cuba

Abellano in Cuba. He was my taxi driver when I visted Hemingway's house.

Abellano in Cuba. He was my taxi driver when I visted Hemingway’s house.

Bici taxi in Havana

Old Man in Cuba

Another photo of Manuel in Trinidad

Baseball in Cuba

David getting ready to bat.

Old Man in Cuba

man with a cigar in Cuba

Ernesto in Cienfuegos

Ok, this is me. I found this rocking chair and I thought it's a good prop for a photo. :)

Ok, this is me. I found this rocking chair and I thought it’s a good prop for a photo. 🙂

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3 Responses to “Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life”

  1. Martin
    June 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM #

    These are beautiful portraits. Those youngsters really have no slippers?

    • TheSojourner
      June 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM #

      Yes. It’s kind of common to see people without slippers there. They can’t afford to buy one.

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