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The first workshop devoted mainly to the untouched Cuban farm life. Willard was returning to the island to study with me for the the third time. Alvaro, Eva, Hector and Shantall were coming to the isla querida for their first visit. Once again the mixture between Italian, English and Spanish would become a good excuse to make the relations among all of us to grow.

Even the unusually cold temperature prevented us from having a truly remarkable experience.

I’m happy that I’ve created this workshop because it has given me the opportunity to share with my students this strong culture, still tied to its roots, that I’ve been photographing and admiring so much for so long.

The farmers’ great sense of hospitality, their proverbial openness to share their lives with the group, allowed each single photographer to capture the essence of this unique experience.

I simply told each participant to “get lost” among the people even if they didn’t speak a word of Spanish.

The long stay in the countryside gave each student the possibility to probe their relation with their subjects. The pictures definitely show that. And how can we forget the gran buffe of a roasted tender piglet masterly barbecued by my friend Fidel?

And then the usual adventure, when a raging bull suddenly appeared out of the blue charging towards me. The instinct of self-preservation put my legs in motion. Luckily the rope he was tied to was not long enough. While running away, I saw Eva flying into the air. The bull had started charging towards her after attacking me. In her hasty retreat, she had tripped on the ground and jumped high into the air. A good scare to share and laugh about with the other students while drinking good Cuban beer at night.

We dedicate to this ”raging” bull my first workshop in the Cuban countryside. You can see some of the photographs taken by the students in the virtual gallery. A little book with the best images by each students and probably some of mine will be printed soon.

Ernesto Bazan








© Eva Becerra








© Eva Becerra








© Eva Becerra








© Alvaro Chiappini








© Alvaro Chiappini








© Alvaro Chiappini








© Hector Guerrero








© Hector Guerrero








© Hector Guerrero








© Willard Pate







© Willard Pate







© Willard Pate








© Shantall Pollar







© Shantal Pollar







© Shantal Pollar






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