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Gallery Eighty-two: A city portrait -- impressions of Havana, Cuba.

Just as a portrait of a person must attempt to define personality and character, a portrait of a city must do likewise. This is the fourth in a series of city portraits in this cyberbook on expressive photography. My first city portrait expressed the personality of New York City in interpretive terms – offering not only a sense of place, but also convey my impressions of how a place feels and functions. The second city portrait in this series explored a popular beach town, Mission Beach, California. A third city portrait offered a series of interpretive photographs expressing the personality and character of the Andean city of Cuenca, Ecuador. And this gallery will provide an interpretative portrait of Havana, Cuba

I made over 5,000 images during our six day stay in Cuba, and edited this selection down to sixty images from approximately 150 keepers. I was able to enter Cuba under a travel license granted to participants in a “people-to people” photography workshop led by Los Angeles photojournalist Lorne Resnick. We photographed in such diverse venues as an elementary school, a boxing gym, a crumbling apartment building, and an old fort -- as well as from the rooftops of downtown buildings, in a vast cemetery, and along the streets of Old Havana. The city seems caught in a time warp, reflecting the economic stress caused by the controversial US trade embargo that has now been in place for more than 50 years. Along the way, we had many opportunities to interact with the Cuban people, and I hope that these images will reflect the essence of those interactions.

I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.