Mark shared his ongoing work from Cuba at Photo Scratch in October 2017. He has since returned to Cuba and shares this update about the work he is making and the efforts to make positive change through photography.
“Reparación – the never-ending life of Cuban things” – is still work in progress (aren’t they always?). Following Photo Scratch, I returned to Havana and went to Camagüey in December to develop the project scope and narrative. At Photo Scratch the feedback focused on need for a little more context to introduce the subject and locations. Image 1 (a car repair workshop in La Lisa, on the outskirts of Havana) and Image 2 (Yalisan, repairing lighters on Calle Bernaza, Habana Vieja) are examples. As you might remember I like to document using the occasional ‘quirky’ image as well to engage the viewer, like in Image 3 (Modesto, an umbrella repairer who works from a corridor outside his apartment on Pocito, Centro Havana).
I am going back again in late March, to hopefully complete this phase of the project and I have one or two environmental portraits I’d like to include. The plan then is to get it out to a number of reviewers and possible outlets. I am also going to explore publication in topic relevant magazines and journals (i.e. sustainability, environmental). For my last visit I produced a small zine, mainly to show to the people I’d photographed, but I am thinking I might also create an updated version for wider distribution or even a dummy book.