Young Cuban Faces #2

Cuba Day 2 - Who are these white women with their big cameras?

Cuba Day 2 – Who are these white women with their big cameras?

It was my colleague who charmed him into the big smile.

Cuba Day 2 - Shy but charming.

Cuba Day 2 – Shy but charming.

I didn’t look for shots of children – and they were largely in school when we prowled around Central Havana. These next two shots were taken on the Sunday when we went to hear Afro-Cuban music on Callejon de Hamel.

Twins on Callejon de Hamel

Twins on Callejon de Hamel

A willing subject on Callejon de Hamel

A willing subject on Callejon de Hamel

It was fairly late in the afternoon when we walked down this street; children were home from school and playing soccer.

Duelling Cameras: another photo workshop group!

Duelling Cameras: another photo workshop group!

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Young Cuban Faces

Central Havana February 2016 - Safe behind her wall.

Central Havana February 2016 – Safe behind her wall.

People throughout Havana were more than willing to have their photos taken or to have photos of their family or children taken. This post is the first in a series of people shots.

Central Havana February 2016 - Dad wasn't so sure about the photograph.

Central Havana February 2016 – Dad wasn’t so sure about the photograph.

Central Havana February 2016

Babe in arms - Central Havana February 2016

Babe in arms – Central Havana February 2016

No, mister, don't tell him to look at the camera.

No, mister, don’t tell him to look at the camera.

Somewhat older children next week…

Dear March, Part II

Murphy Centre Kids

Murphy Centre Kids

Every year, ACT (a community theatre) co-ordinates the PEI Community Theatre Festival, held in March on or near World Theatre Day.  As an active ACT member, for the third year in a row I was asked to photograph the event. This is the second of several Theatre Thursday postings.

Rag-Tag Players are part of the Murphy Community Centre’s programming for youngsters which gets kids not just to act material, but to create it.   They created and performed “Dear March…” at the 2016 PEI Community Theatre Festival.  It was charming, colourful and the kids were delightful.

Murphy Centre Kids

Murphy Centre Kids

There were three parts to their show: a dramatized version of Emily Dickinson’s Dear March (no photos); a mini-play (last Thursday’s post) and The Dance of the Fairy Choosing (today’s photos.)   March, from last week’s post, is on the right of the photo below.

Murphy Centre Kids

Murphy Centre Kids

Murphy Centre Kids

Murphy Centre Kids

Murphy Centre Kids

Murphy Centre Kids

Also submitted for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Dance.

 

Dear March…Part 1

Winter with the RagTag Players

Winter with the Rag-Tag Players

 

My long-time readers will know that I am involved in ACT (a community theatre), having produced Hamlet (2015) and Macbeth (2012) in a local park as well as photographing several shows and coordinating properties for others.

Every year, ACT (a community theatre) co-ordinates the PEI Community Theatre Festival, held in March on or near World Theatre Day.  As an active ACT member, for the third year in a row I was asked to photograph the event. This is the first of several Thursday Theatre postings.

Rag-Tag Players are part of the Murphy Community Centre’s programming for youngsters which gets kids not just to act material, but to create it.   They created and performed “Dear March…” at the 2016 PEI Community Theatre Festival.  It was charming, colourful and the kids were delightful.

There were three parts to the show: a dramatized version of Emily Dickinson’s Dear March (no photos); a mini-play (today’s photos) and a dance (next Theatre Thursday.)

When you are absorbed in getting shots of moving subjects in changing lighting it’s hard to follow the story line. But, I think March – in lavender and purple – was a little hesitant to make an appearance.

Murphy Centre Kids - March contemplates her life.

Murphy Centre Kids – March contemplates her life.

December, January and February (the ones in white) conspire to help keep her hidden.

Murphy Centre Kids: December to March

Murphy Centre Kids: December to March

The other seasons are concerned about March’s absence and try to figure out what to do.

Murphy Centre Kids - RagTag Players: summer and autumn.

Murphy Centre Kids – Rag-Tag Players: summer and autumn.

Eventually spring, summer and autumn (who are definitely the ones in orange/red) prevailed and March overcame her shyness. One of the winter characters waves her arms and stamps her feet but because I was laughing I missed the photo of her.

Murphy Centre Kids - March emerges.

Murphy Centre Kids – March emerges.

Dear March - Come in -	
How glad I am -
I hoped for you before -
Put down your Hat -	
You must have walked -
How out of Breath you are -	
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest -
Did you leave Nature well -	
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me -
I have so much to tell -

I got your Letter, and the Birds -	
The Maples never knew that you were coming -
I declare - how Red their Faces grew -	        
But March, forgive me -	
And all those Hills you left for me to Hue -	
There was no Purple suitable -	
You took it all with you -	        
  
Who knocks? That April -
Lock the Door -

Emily Dickinson1830 – 1886