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People & Landscapes – Cuba 2012
Cuba, the only country where street cleaners smoke Habana cigars…
Norberto Rodriguez Pablo. He's over 80 and lives in his little house in Trinidad with his wife Maria. He was the head of the suicide commandos in the Sierra behind Trinidad during the Revolution. A member of the comittee de Vigilencia and a convinced socialist.
Alberto complements his meagre retirement pension posing for tourists
Luisa and Rodny in their colonial house in Trinidad. Trinidad has been classified by the UNESCO for it's unique architecture ensemble. The town is a must see.
Segundo, retired cane cutter, Trinidad
A Che Supporter in La Habana
Olga Morejon Baras, 84 in Cienfuegos. She is a staunch suporter of the revolution. All time activist. She has been awarded an imopressive list of medals. She sells cigarettes by the unit and glue tubes through her winwow to complement her pension. One of her sons still lives at home.
Iglesia Del Cristo Vieja Habana.
Malecon de Playa Giron, Bay of Pigs
Malecon de Playa Giron.
Iglesia de La Santa Trinidad in Trinidad
Chevrolet 1951 in Trinidad
Cigar Lady Habana Central.
Trnidad, The Dog
Street in Trinidad (022)
Street in Trinidad (022)
You can see more about Cuba by visiting the pages Cuba 2012 and Cuba 2012, photo exhibition at the Quensland Centre for Photography
I took a picture of Melanie in May 2010 without knowing about Lucien Clergue. Then a friend told me my inspiration came certainly from Lucien. Since then I have discovered this amazing French photographer. I have recreated the shade projections of one of his serie of photographies in studio and pushed the game a little further. Heather accepted to be my screen… Check the links page for more about Clergue
6 am, 14th of July. Went to bed late the night before after hanging out taking pictures at the concert on the Place de La Bastille.
My request for acces to the Caserne Des Celestins – quarters of the Cavalry Regiment of the prestigious Garde Republicaine – had been ignored by the Ministry of Defence. I decided to pull out of bed and try my chance.
The guard on duty refused me access at first but was friendly. We befriended in 15 mn and he allowed me in. “Just say you are a member of my family if anyone asks”. Cool as.
The 14 of July is Bastille Day in France. The occasion for a military parade on the Champs Elysées, distinctions, honours and medals to the officers and parties all around the country.
A dozen of officers of the Gendarmerie Corps were to be honoured that morning at the Casernes Celestins. Among them one caught my attention. A true hero who despite being wounded in the Haiti earthquake organized the emergency help and assisted the local population.
all the Guards have been very friendly and welcoming, accepting to pose for my camera when requested.
A word for them in French: Un grand merci, Gardes. Toutes les photos individuelles n'ont pas été postées sur ce site faute de place. Si vous souhaitez recevoir des images en haute définition pour imprimer, je serais heureux de vous les faire parvenir. Adressez moi un mail ici.
So here is the harvest of that morning. Big thanks to the Republican Guard on duty at the gate.
“J’etais trop feignant pour etre un autre que moi – même”
“I was too lazy to be anyone else than myself”
Boris Bergman Boris is a song writer, a writer, an actor, movie director, and a script writer
Born in UK from Jewish Russian parents, he moved to Paris at 14.
Boris displays the sharp witty humour of the survivors. Spending an afternoon with him is always a delight. I met Boris at the Brasserie Bofinger, in Paris, some years ago. He was having dinner at the table next to ours. We started a impromptu conversation and ended sharing a joint and lot sof laughter.
Today I went to visit him at his apartment perched high on the 6th floor of the Buttes Montmartre. My intention was to give him book from a Russian photographer I bought form him last time I was in Paris, a year ago, but never had the time to give him. So here I am with my one year old gift climbing the 6 floors – the lift was of course out of service -with my Canon camera on my shoulder.
His house is like his life: full. He has a huge collection of 35 mm movies and of course a projector, walls of music, books piled up everywhere and an amazing collection of caps and hats.
Boris has an immense culture, a big heart and so many stories to share. A man anyone would be proud to have as a friend.
A conversation with him is sheer pleasure.
So here my Boris and his living working studio
Aux Folies is a café bar on the corner of the rue de Belleville and rue Dénoyez. Run by Mezziane and Murad it is open from 7 am till 2 am.
The rue Dénoyez was at the heart of a Jewish quarter before the second world war. Most of the inhabitants were deported to Germany and killed in the nazi camps. Today the street is squatted by artists, the walls of every building is a living graffiti that can change. A wall painting can disappear under a new one any time. The street is worth visting from times to times.
Aux Folies is not immune from the graffiti craze. Spend some time in the toilets, there is plenty to see and read.
Some of hese places have been pictured in Paris S’éveille by day like l’Institut du Monde Arabe or Notre Dame
This is my preferred Brasserie. Close to la Bastille, excellent food and traditional impeccable service.
It’s my canteen when in Paris
The toilets are awesome.