Cubans in Cuba. One of the most resourceful groups of people with whom I have engaged. Cuba has a way of preserving and rebuilding repeatedly. From architecture, to transportation and from farming to urban shopping; the hustle is real.
The history of Cuba is painted with times of great prosperity and times of scarcity. Because of this having and lacking rhythm, many Cubans are quite resourceful. It’s all about the timing and the resources available. Perhaps you don’t have transportation, find a way to bring home the groceries. Perhaps you can only repair a portion of your home or car, fix what you can today and see what happens tomorrow. Perhaps you are excited about your new tobacco crop, but you still must wait for harvest.
The cadence of forced ingenuity is a repetitive story throughout Cuba. It’s a remarkable narrative. The hope in presenting these images is to share the commonality we all have as global citizens. The story of resourcefulness for Cuba might be different than yours, but the underlying motive is similar. To care for yourself, and your loved ones; to do the best you can with what you have in front of you.
Photographing this rhythm of scrap to useful was mysterious for me. How do Cubans do it? Repair the classic cars and homes, provide for families, grow tobacco, and so much more. The curiosity has grown. I am looking forward to going back with my camera and uncovering a deeper layer of Cuba.