About the Book
Spending three weeks in this vast, and diverse island country changed my life.
I say this because it gave me a heartfelt appreciation of a people who have endured a life, and lifestyle outside of their immediate control, and understanding. Just as we Americans do not, “truly” know the full political picture to why this once beloved neighbor, has become the prodigal son just off our coast.
The title of this portfolio, “The Beautiful Ruin of Cuba” may seem a bit cliché at first glance. However my intention with this title is to speak to a deeper interpretation of it’s meaning.
Chuck Lysen was born on Chicago’s south side in 1968. While in traditional high school he also attended, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was introduced to photography, and the allure of the darkroom. Upon graduating high school he accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota where he majored in business management and fine art. Following college, Chuck moved to the Northwest in 1989 where he began shooting professionally for The Sporting News and Major League Baseball while moonlighting in various art galleries throughout the Seattle area. After getting married and starting a family, he switched gears for a career in the Health, and Fitness industry. Currently he is back shooting Seattle’s dynamic glass art community, and plans to hit the road again to photograph the NASCAR circuit. When not traveling, he lives and works in West Seattle with his two boys.