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Andrew Child’s stunning look at Havana

By Carl Wallace / Posted December 22, 2016

hlbv_books_thumbnailAs a long time Cuba enthusiast, I have enjoyed many books about the country. But this new photography work that I recently obtained has presented the island I thought I knew in a brand new light, literally. It is a must for any lover of Cuba.

Boston area photographer Andrew Child has created his first coffee table book, Havana: Light Beyond Vision and it really is a beauty. The book was released just over a month ago in November 2016 and is available directly from the photographer.

For the past three years Child, who specializes in colorized infrared photography, has been traveling off of the beaten path in Havana, Cuba and the surrounding countryside capturing rare images that explore its many hidden gems. Using this specialized and highly technical approach allows the photographer to reveal sunlight that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.

MS Walk Boston 2016Over sixty of these vivid panoramic images have been compiled into a 136-page, 13” x 11” book, Havana: Light Beyond Vision. With captions offering insight into the places, people, culture and history, from Hemingway’s seaside fishing village of Cojímar to Havana’s bustling avenidas, each image comes to life with a dreamlike quality that mirrors the mysteries of this island nation.

Plaza San Francisco. Early morning light streams onto the columns and stairs of a building facing San Francisco Plaza. In the distance stands the Terminal Sierra Maestra, which services cruise ships visiting Havana.

Plaza San Francisco. Early morning light streams onto the columns and stairs of a building facing San Francisco Plaza. In the distance stands the Terminal Sierra Maestra, which services cruise ships visiting Havana.

Child is a freelance commercial and fine art photographer. He spent his first year out of college teaching in a small secondary school in Kitale, Kenya. Nestled on the slopes of Mount Elgon, he had time to think – to get away from his own expectations – and decide what to do with his life. In the end, there was something about the country, the people and the wildlife that caught his eye and passion. Over the past thirty years, he has compiled a body of work that comprises subject matter ranging from infrared panoramas to portraiture of individuals with special needs.

MS Walk Boston 2016Child works primarily with natural light, unadorned settings, and a genuine, direct approach. His unique niche in color uses infrared photography using colorized infrared light. In simple terms, it captures dreamlike photographs in sunlight that is invisible to the human eye.

Oriented toward fine art display, these pictures have been described in the Boston Globe as vivid and energetic with “an attitude about acceptance of change that’s actually rather Zen – Technicolor Zen.”

MS Walk Boston 2016As many Americans have, recently Child turned his attention to the stunning island of Cuba. “Havana has a unique blend of Cuban hospitality, beautiful neocolonial architecture, Caribbean sensuality, and economic potential that keeps pulling me back. It’s also a country in transition – with one foot in Cold War socialism and one in free market capitalism – the perfect setting for exploring vision, perception, and misperception. The point of this book isn’t to offer a stance on the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba. Instead, I share this book with the public in the hopes of shedding some light, both literal and figurative, on our neighbors to the south.” He explains.

Beginning as a Kickstarter funded project Havana: Light Beyond Vision has become a reality and is a very beautiful and intriguing look at a spectacular, largely unknown until recently, island nation. It is available directly from the photographer. Click here to access his site.  If you love Cuba, you’ll feel even more strongly by sharing Child’s take on it. It gets four VisitCuba.com stars.

 

 

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