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Peter Bates
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Photo of Cheryl at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
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Shopkeepers of Havana: The Exuberant Fruit Seller
The first day we toured a local barrio in a pedicab. The driver readily stopped whenever we asked. I saw the fruit stand and was so entranced with it, and its setting, that I forgot my tripod. The fruit seller jumped up and down, saying “Get me! Get me!” His fellow vendors seemed amused by his exuberance. I got the shot, then bought an Orito (small) banana for $.25. “Too much, to much!” he said. “Take two more!” I showed him the picture and he jumped up and down several more times.
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2016-01-04
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Shopkeepers of Havana: The Baker’s Customers/Neighbors
While I was photographing the baker, a man came along with his three daughters and asked what I was doing. When I told him, he asked me to take a picture of him and his children. I did so, and showed them the best image in my LCD. Then I took it a step further and zoomed in on the face of each and the girls got particularly enthralled. But nobody asked me for a copy. I would have mailed them one if they had.
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2015-12-30
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Shopkeepers of Havana: The Baker’s Apartment
After photographing the baker and his shop, I noticed this second floor window right above him. I asked him who lived there and he said “Yo.” Old balconies collapse at the rate of two a day in Havana, so I asked him if he was concerned about this. He said that he’s lived there as long as he’s had his shop, so no, he wasn’t concerned, at least not enough to move. Then he added with a smile that when it collapses, he hopes he won’t be out on it.
What I would have given to have had a cup with him out on that balcony!
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Shopkeepers of Havana: People at a Bus Stop
After photographing a shop, my driver and I encountered these people waiting at a bus stop. Most Havana bus stops have no benches, so people sit whatever they can. When I asked him where he thought they might be going, he said “probably downtown to shop.” Since I saw no shopping malls in Cuba, he probably meant small stalls run by shopkeepers. I started to walk across the street to talk to them, but the bus came and in less than a minute they were gone.
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Shopkeepers of Havana: The Santería Artist
The Santería artist’s studio is completely outdoors. (Santería is a system of beliefs brought to the New World by Yoruba slaves. Its customs include trance and divination for communicating with ancestors and deities, animal sacrifice, and sacred drumming and dance.) Our driver brought us to this complex enclave of alleyways and porticos strewn with one man’s vivid Santería imagery. In one of them nearby, dancers in white gyrated to thrilling Afro-Cuban drums. The artist and his associate gladly posed, and there was so much I wanted to ask him: How does he live? Does he do walls on commission? Is there a big enough Santería community in Cuba for his strange imagery? What do other artists and politicos think of his religious themes? And what’s with the bathtub in the corner? But all I could muster was “Time’s up. I’ve got to go.” And all he could do was nod ruefully and say “Sí.”
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2015-12-12
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Shopkeepers of Havana: Fruit Sellers at Rest (with Dog)
When I encountered the fruit sellers, it was around 4:30 PM and they made it clear that were resting because they’d been up since 5 AM, picking up fruit at the market. I asked them who’d painted the image of Che Guevara on their store. The man on the right said a neighborhood artist had done it, and wanted to know if I thought it was realistic. I said it captured the spirit of Che and that pleased him.
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2015-12-11
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Shopkeepers of Havana: Le Malecón
I wanted to get one night shot before leaving Cuba, but even in Havana, it’s not easy. Few city sites leave their lights on all night. Then I noticed that the famed causeway Le Malecón was a short walk from our hotel. I went there with my wife Cheryl. For the first few shots, the cars were too far away for what I had in mind. I would have to cross this busy  street. Cheryl advised me against it because the cars were moving too fast. “But I can’t get a good shot from here!” I countered, then sauntered across during a break. The prefect exposure capturing the trailing tail lights was hard to get, but I persisted and (I think) prevailed.
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Shopkeepers of Havana: The Confused Flower Seller
Quite unintentionally, we confused the flower seller. My friend Matt and I told her we were doing a “foto documental” about “la vida Cubana,” but all she heard was the word “documental.” She thought we were filming a video documentary! This explains why, in the wide shot, she spoke so animatedly for minutes on end. We eventually cleared up the misunderstanding, but now I regret I didn’t put my camera in video mode and record her little speech. What was she saying? I’m sure I could have gotten it translated, despite the street noise. When we convinced her we were just taking stills, she then wouldn’t stop posing. For the close shot, I suggested she arrange flowers or relate to the young man next to her. But she kept looking right at the camera. During that time, the young man never turned his head. All he did was gaze at her.
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2015-12-08
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