Over the last 58 years Cuba has been a place apart. Only a few miles separate Cuba from Key West, Florida but the life could not be more different.
The recent death of Fidel Castro and the opening process with the USA will probably change the situation over the next years and this place will not exist as it is much longer.
"A place apart" is based on two trips I took to Cuba in 2011 and, recently, at the end of 2016 and it is a visual representation of Cuba, far from any political or photojournalist approach.
Cuba to me is a great mix of sadness and hope, joy and condemnation, lights and shadows.
"Cultivo una rosa blanca en junio como en enero para el amigo sincero que me da su mano franca.
Y para el cruel que me arranca el corazón con que vivo, cardo ni ortiga cultivo; cultivo la rosa blanca."
MERMAID PARADE OLD
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade held in the United States. It takes place in Coney Island - New York - and it is a celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside.
It is was founded in 1983 and since than it showcases every year over 3.000 creative individuals in an attempt of creating an entertainment allure in a tough neighbourhood such as Coney Island.
There are no ethnic, religious or commercial aims behind the Mermaid Parade and it can be seen as an American version of the summer-solstice celebration. During the parade participants dress in hand-made costumes and they are voted by a jury.
The Mermaid Parade attracts hundreds of photographers who usually takes posed pictures. In this gallery I tried to let the reader immersing in the real atmosphere of the backstage before the beginning of the parade.