This man is the treasured and gentle patriarch of a large family living on the outskirts of the village Alonso de Roja, in western Cuba. This is a tightly-knit farming community of open hearted people, where each house is known by the food it produces. Often isolated from State infrastructure, these people largely survive on exchanges between houses. Yet each child goes to school and I was often put to shame during late night discussions about classical philosophy! Bolo’s family do not own enough land to live off, instead they help on other farms; a leftover of old racial divisions of land ownership.
In September 2008 a category 4 hurricane passed directly over this village. A percentage of the proceeds from this image will go to them.