Dancer Felicita Hernandez at AfricaCaribe June 2017 Bombazo at the Casita de Don Pedro in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.
I took this image last weekend at a Bombazo which is a gathering of people that dance the ancient Bomba dances from Puerto Rico. During the summer months in Chicago, one of the places that Bombazos take place at is at the Casita de Don Pedro on Division Street in Humboldt Park. I was using a 35mm lens on a Nikon D7000, so I did not have the luxury of very wide angles to capture crowds and overall vistas so I was looking at individuals on a short range. So I photograph without being able to imagine the final result.
On this day I was using a 35mm lens on a Nikon D7000, so I did not have the luxury of very wide angles to capture crowds and overall vistas that I so much like, so I was looking at individuals on a short range. So I photographed without being able to imagine the final result. When I put this image on the computer it became evident that besides the drums the symbol of Bomba dancing are the skirts.
On this day I was using a 35mm lens on a Nikon D7000, so I did not have the luxury of very wide angles to capture crowds and overall vistas so I was looking at individuals on a short range. So I photograph without being able to imagine the final result. When I put this image on the computer it became evident that besides the drums the symbol of Bomba dancing are the skirts, your skill level in many ways are determined by how you handle the skirt.
Felicitas or Fela the individual on the image, handles the skirt gracefully and with skill which shows many years of learning and dedication, in fact I think the skirt becomes her and she express what she feels with the skirt. The skirt and her are one.
Several months ago I met Roy McGrath at an activity for the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago. I like the intensity, the sharpness of the music he play, I like that crosses musical styles. But above all he is a leader in the music world and workhorse.
I find Roy very fascinating to photograph.
Tonight as we think about the senseless brutal murder of Laquan Macdonald and the injustice that it signifies, I divert my mind to think about something that brings peace, reconciliation and diversity to my beloved community, that is AfriCaribe.
Last Saturday we celebrated the fall recital and it was so beautiful to see the room full of so many caring people that participate in an event that teaches about Caribbean cutural heritage. AfriCaribe is peace to our community.
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Oh! My God, I feel that this week I am Cuban after going to the Los Van Van concert, I can not get them out of my mind, I want to be there again. To me the pictures that you are about to see are probably the best I have ever taken. Yes and you may ask why? I was involved, I have bought the Los Van Van train a long time ago. I was able to photograph their faces, feel the rhythm, I was able to make them part of my musical heritage. For this concert I shot most of the images up close, not from the upper deck even though I took some pictures up there too. This to me became an emotional issue and as a photographer I have found that my best work is when I care about the subject.
So, if you get a chance get on Spotify and look up the album title “Chapeando” put a couple of songs and put the images on slide show and take it all in. You will be Cuban for a couple of minutes for today.
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Friends on Sunday August 9th, 2015, 7pm at 1807 S Allport St, Chicago, IL 60608 at the famous Thalia Hall, The Cuban salsa powerhouse Los Van Van will be performing. I have to say that I am thrilled and delighted that a group that has been the #1 Cuban salsa orchestra will play Chicago for the first time after the normalization of relations between the Cuba and the United States.
Los Van Van after more than 30 years and the loss of Juan Formell remains a cutting edge orchestra their charanga style with added horns makes it a very deep and powerful unique sound which is contagious and it will transform you, you will want more.
I will be there first as a journalist, secondly as a lover of my latin american culture and thirdly as goodwill ambassador to the Cuban people. Let’s support this!