What is your first name: Luis
What city are you from: Havana
What country are you from: Cuba
What do you do: Artist
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why: I’ve traveled enough and am home now. I don’t want to travel anymore.
What’s your dream and why: I’m living my dream now.
Photographers Notes: I met him in downtown Havana selling paintings. Actually, he was scratching out a piece with chalk of a mural our tour had stopped to look at on the side of a building. Since the guide was talking in all Spanish, I started walking around and that’s when I saw him.
I walked up, leaned against the wall where he was and watched him for a minute. He looked up and started saying something in Spanish to which I replied that I didn’t understand. He switched to English, and proceeded to show me his work. 1/2 I didn’t care for, but the other 1/2 I found very striking.
I asked him if I could take his photo and ask a few questions and he said “Ok, as long as I don’t have to pose.” Not wanting to miss this opportunity I said “cool” but found it hard to get a good picture of him. Keeping to his request, I didn’t want to ask him to look at the camera, as my friend was sitting to his camera left shoulder, and he always had his head sideways. I was about to go crazy trying to think of every which way I could to get him to look my way without asking…but in the end, I just got lucky and snapped away.
I personally think the above picture is one of the best I have taken so far for the Faces Series. Just the color, pose and facial expression are perfect!