Cuba, a time and place as beautiful as it is misunderstood. An egalitarian beacon of hope, an example of oppression, flourishing beauty of art and song screamed from the rooftops, with ideas whispered in hushed tones and covered mouths. A complex puzzle as diverse and robust as her people, say what you will, but she is writing her own destiny.
A group of Cuban young men take a break from swimming in the water in front of the Malecon sea wall in Havana, Cuba.
A Cuban soldier stands guard at the Revolutionary Museum in Havana, Cuba.
A restaurant owner in the dining room of her small, privately owned restaurant in Havana, Cuba. The relatively few private restaurants are allowed to have a maximum of twelve seats for customers and must buy their food from state owned markets, in addition to being heavily taxed.
A small makeshift gymnasium housed in the bowels of a large apartment structure in Havana, Cuba. People have improvised and come together to create shared spaces such as this, in the absence of privately owned gymnasiums.
A banana salesmen who gets his produce from the country side and sells bananas from his private store-front in Havana, Cuba.
The Rodriguez family now occupies one of the last standing original colonial buildings previously owned by a sugar baron's family in Senado, Cuba.
An old photo hang on the wall of Hector Gutierrez, a former sugar cane worker who now occupies one of the last standing, original colonial homes a sugar baron's family in Senado, Cuba
Caridadd Rifina Napoles, a former sugar cane worker, has lived in an original colonial home previously belonging to a sugar baron's family, for 47 years.
Alfredo Rodriguez, former sugar cane worker and patriarch of the Rodriguez family, who now occupies one of the last standing colonial houses in Senado, Cuba, which was previously owned by a sugar baron's family.
Several families now occupy what was previously the colonial "chalet" a sugar baron's family, who owned the sugar mill in Senado, Cuba.
A man sits with his Cuban cigar in Havana Vieja, Cuba.
There is often not a large variety of food available at either state run or private sector restaurants, as the US embargo of Cuba means that whatever Cuba cannot grow on its own, it must import from far flung trading partners.
A state construction worker walks down the Malecon in Havana with a large sledge hammer after working on an art installation reading "paz" or peace.
The now empty pool and pool house, of what was previously the colonial "chalet" of a sugar baron's family, who owned the sugar mill in Senado. The pool house is now occupied and used as a home.
A man fishes with an old, traditional fishing net behind the Havana Yacht Club.
A family rides in a communal taxi in the Miramar neighborhood outside of Havana. Known as an almendrone, the taxis are typically 1950's American cars travelling on fixed routes in and around Havana, providing cheap transportation to Cuban nationals.
State employed taxi drivers wait for fares in Havana Vieja, Cuba.