About the Book
Through my imagery, I share with you glimpses of vintage American cars that clatter through the streets of Havana, symbols of a frozen trade relationship with their weathered shells reminding us that many decades have passed. I also share with you buildings that line the famed seaside highway of the Malecón exhibiting historical elegance, faded colors, and textures of weathered neglect. There is an awe striking, rugged visual character that only comes with age and that character is evident from ordinary buildings at intimate distances to skylines much further away.
From ballet rehearsals to boxing practice to rooftops to wandering the streets, I introduce you to people of Cuba who in some ways are very ordinary and in others are quite extraordinary. They are resilient, hard working, passionate and creative. They love their music and dance and are proud of their culture. At a very personal level, they remind me of a common spirit that I have noticed in people who I have met all around the world. When you cast politics and international barriers aside and interact at a one-on-one level, what unifies us all is the basic core value of love for family and friends. Thank you for allowing me to share some imagery of this culturally rich tropical island with you, imagery of a country that is bold in pride and unpretentious in how it presents itself, simply Cuba – As Is!
San Diego photographer Wayne Richard is an alchemist behind the lens. A passionate photographer for over 50 years, Wayne continues to delight those who experience his work with imagery that is not only a visual smorgasbord of color and emotion, but a meditative place that offers great solace. Possessing the unique ability to infuse his images with a wide spectrum of emotions, he captivates his viewers' hearts and souls. What you don't see is the patience and long hours of searching that produce these visual gems, but that is the magic of the artistry! Complimenting his creative excellence, Wayne is a tenured Imaging Scientist, recognized as an expert in the areas of digital image processing, color science, visual perception, optics, printing, and other disciplines that are intimately related to his craft. Seamlessly blending his broad capabilities, ranging from the creative to the highly technical, Wayne delivers exceptional results in his fine art work.