In preparation for my next trip to Cuba in about a week and a half, I started to go over some of the images from my last trip there. This image of a man in Trinidad de Cuba, on the country’s southern coast, has always been a favorite of mine from that trip.
The story goes that I was walking along the colonial streets of Trinidad looking for photo opportunities when I saw this man with a huge cigar in his mouth walking down the street. Just as I brought my camera up to get the shot, he unfortunately took the cigar out of his mouth. I do like the way the shot came out in the end, though. I was able to capture this interesting gentleman, with a really great straw hat and simple blue shirt, well-positioned against a wonderfully textured, but rather neutral and complimentary pink wall.
In looking at this image more closely upon my return, I noticed that what at first I thought was a hearing aid or piece of cotton in his left ear was actually a 25 centavo Cuban coin. I never found out why he would have a coin in his ear, but you can be sure I’ll be asking that question when I return.