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Barren trees uselessly scratch and poke drab mid-winter skies in this thin grey February pallor. So, to soothe or to tease my pale soul: some colour, light and heat.
So, I've been seeing this image of Enrique on Megano Beach being passed around the Internets lately - without my watermark and overedited too. This is how it is supposed to look. Yes, I had to post a cropped version here - but you can see the whole thing at: https://twitter.com/calibanter/status/694949504861089792
Marco Sandoval kevin , youre soooo Bad person.Dont distract my work whith this !! Ha Ha HA
February 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm1
February 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm1
Daniel Hinton yummy
February 3, 2016 at 2:12 pm1
Baron James Odrowaz I wouldn't have known... but who is Enrique?
February 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm
Alexis Mendoza donde esta este modelo actualmente? en cuba no se ve kevin
February 3, 2016 at 7:02 pm
Sal Arsala More Enrique, por favor!!! <3 <3
February 3, 2016 at 10:01 pm1
Patrick Lee Herb Jr. You're work is so beautiful.
February 3, 2016 at 10:44 pm
Osmany Caballero-Halabi Too bad. Your work is just perfect
February 4, 2016 at 1:38 am1
Yoleisy Tamarit Migues Hey, some help, where do I can find an underwear with the Cuban flat. I live in Germany and Italy. Thanks for your help
February 4, 2016 at 6:38 am
Bob Riding An amazing collaboration. Kudos!
February 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm1
Charlie Pastor Amazing
February 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm
Kevin Slack Photography shared Havana Streetview's post.
Bob Riding A mix of sad and glad. Glad to see the overall standard of living improve, glad to see new opportunities become available, yet sad to see the probability of cultural traditions decline in the wake of unbridled commercial growth. Let's hope Cuba becomes neither Vegas nor Atlantic City, but rather a remarkable jewel in the Caribbean.
February 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm
Orlando L. Santiesteban Maybe Fidel should start by giving back the properties he took from all the people when he declare he was bringing communism to the Island . I'm sure there's quite a few lawyers waiting to fight for properties and titles.
February 2, 2016 at 9:01 pm1
Gary A Scheele How do you feel about this, Kevin?
February 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm
Kevin Slack Photography I have very strong feelings about this and some reckless opinions as well. But, in the end, I am not a stakeholder, and so I have learned to speak very carefully about Cuba and Havana. I wrote a little about this, about a transitioning Cuba - and Havana in particular for BeautifulMag recently here: http://www.beautifulmag.com/beautiful/2016/01/captain-cuba.html.
Fidel lived long enough to see Che taken down a peg. I will guess that had to be a little satisfying. There was no rational reason why Che got to be the socialist hero and martyr while Fidel was the communist despot. I also will guess that Fidel lived long enough to be disappointed. He cast the United States as the enemy for 55 years. And one of his purported reasons for his revolution was to get the American money and the American corruption and the American tawdriness out of Cuba. The winter of the patriarch was just long enough to see it come back.
But there's something else too. There is such a wide disparity already between Cubans, and especially Habaneros, with access to tourists and tourist money and CUC. And those who don't. And at least as far as I can tell there is now in Havana a dizzying atmosphere of great and urgent expectations. a real dog-eat-dog culture of competition that is, at its core, thoroughly not socialist
More attention, and money, and resources, and opportunities are coming to Havana. And that can only be good. Havana was always mad. It's madder now with the tumult of transition. I can be happier for my friends who need the opportunity and the money. They need better choices. And they need access to information and media. And they need uncensored voices and opinions. There's no guarantee that will come with opportunity and investment and money; but it's perhaps likelier.
And there's some hope too. Nothing happens quickly in Havana. Even if they are desperate for the attention and the investors. The cogs of the bureaucracy, even greased with excitement and enthusiasm, will still likely be slow. And more than that, Cuba is an island with an island culture and an island mentality. And Cubans, every Cuban I know, has a great sense of the ridiculous and the arbitrary and a fierce patriotism too. As well as very practiced, but much drained, patience.
Havana will be altered. It already is. It's tempting but selfish to want it to stay that wondrous and fantastic time capsule that it has been; not just the cars and the architecture, but in the hearts of the people too.
I have already erased so many sentences here. I always get in too much trouble. I want my Cuban friends to have better choices, better access, and better opportunities. And this attention and this transition will make those things likelier. But Havana will also be commercialized and gentrified and, at least to some extent homogenized. I will say this then, to end, my last time in Havana was really just sort of heart-breaking.
February 3, 2016 at 12:52 am1
Kevin Slack Photography shared Modus Vivendi's photo.
Just one more. This one was really a study in texture. Thank you Cianan for bringing that faux-fur throw. And thank you Peter and Geoff for your house and your bed. And, of course, thank you Modus Vivendi.
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