Fidel Castro died November 25, 2016 after ruling Cuba from 1959 - 2008 and outlasting 9 US presidents. As his cremated ashes were driven from Havana to Santiago, Cubans lined the streets to pay their respects. Tens of thousands arrived for the memorial service in Revolutionary Square.
I was struck by the heartfelt sorrow expressed by the people. Many had the words “Yo Soy Fidel” written on their body. Children dressed as “worker bees,” or in the tell tale green uniform of the revolution. Adults wore the red and black armband marked with the infamous date of “26 Julio” when Castro first tried to overthrow the brutal dictator Batista. Others carried Cuban flags or wore them in their hair.
I did not have the opportunity to speak with dissidents or discuss Castro’s suppression of those who opposed his policies. Physical conditions are decayed and there has not been much economic growth for 50 years.
These images show Fidel Castro’s funeral procession, Cubans attending the memorial service in Revolutionary Square on December 3, 2016 and Cubans in their community.
Hunger and the Working Poor
Sandy beaches, lobster rolls, fried clams and ice cream on a summer evening used to be the images I had of Cape Cod. After photographing “The Family Pantry” of Harwich” my view has expanded beyond bucolic vacation images to thoughts of those mired in the depths of poverty.
I was struck by the diversity of people who are low income and need help putting food on their table and clothes on their back. Children, professionals down on their luck and people who work but simply do not earn enough to pay for basic necessities may be eligible to receive food and clothing.
The goal of this project was to create awareness and dialogue about hunger and the working poor. How can we allow a mother to send her child to school hungry while nearby many dine on lobster and steak? Most patrons of the Family Pantry work but are stuck in low paying jobs that do not enable them to pay for the basic necessities of life. I created these images as a medium to expose and influence our values and priorities as a society.
2017 brought renewed interest in our government and inspired many to act for change. These images show those gathered for the Women’s March January 21, 2017 at the Boston Common where 175,000 people expressed their views. Scientists and advocates rallied on February 19, 2017 in Copley Square Boston to stand up for science and protest efforts to discredit scientific endeavors. March For Science Boston on April 22, 2017 drew more support from scientists and the community to advocate for the importance of science and recognition of the impact of climate change.