This was shot in August, 2012 while Havana was under the threat of tropical storm Isaac. Growing up in Miami, I am used to the hysteria that a storm watch inevitably creates, but I was surprised to see an American news reporter from the Weather Channel reporting from el Malécon. When I got back to my hotel room I watched the report on the Weather Channel (a luxury Cubans don’t get to enjoy). It went something like this: Although Cuba is a third world country people are boarding buses they’re evening bringing along their farm animals hoping to leave Havana before the storm hits.
"Typical American ignorant media hysteria" was my reaction. I changed the channel only to see the Cuban weather report which went something like this: We can expect and winds and rain, but nothing out of the ordinary for this time of the year.
Of course there was no evacuation and the storm never touched land.
That’s the Way Love Goes, Havana, 2012.
Photo by Alejandro Santiago.