THE HUMAN PULSE:

Global Photography of John Elliott

Photography and People

The Road to San Lazaro – Mocho and the JumboTron

The Road to San Lazaro – Mocho and the JumboTron

Suddenly another woman emerged and angrily confronted me.  She had one eye clouded over, was perhaps partly blind, but she demanded to see my camera and the photos.  I held out my camera to display the most recent one of my wide-angle shots and she excoriated me, “This won’t do!”.

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The Road to San Lazaro – Playa La Boca, Where the Humans Pulse!

The Road to San Lazaro – Playa La Boca, Where the Humans Pulse!

M𝑦 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑚 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑚𝑦 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡; 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝐼 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑦 𝑜𝑛 𝑚𝑦 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑡. 

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The Road to San Lazaro – Trinidad

“…many Cubans were arrested just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, gawking from a street corner.  They would spend days or weeks languishing in prison…”

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The Road to San Lazaro – Holguín

The Road to San Lazaro – Holguín

I had forgotten to count the streets but somehow intuited my way back the ten blocks to my apartment, but not before I squeezed off a couple more photos.  One was of a woman sitting in a small portal of a door under a vast and antique façade in the golden and artificial street lights.  When I saw her, I literally gasped, because the scene was so exciting to me, a great addition to my Walls/Spaces photo series.

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The Road to San Lazaro – “Cuba is Rich!”

The Road to San Lazaro – “Cuba is Rich!”

What motivated me was the suspicion that Cuba was a place replete with scenes and images I envisioned being universal and timeless, and perfect for two fine arts series I have been working on for many years. Owing to the blockade, economic progress for the proud (many throughout the world would say victorious) nation has advanced imperceptibly in the past six decades.

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

– a final spectacle in the waning days of hippydom – The national media was buzzing and the nectar that summer of 1972...

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