Havana squares, colonades, bears & headstones.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett and (mother) B.J. French

Can I just stop and say how much I love my mother? I love mother and I think it is so cool that she brought me with her on the Key West Literary Society trip.

I am biased but I think my whole family is pretty dang cool, but since my mother brought me into the world, she is number one for me. I am first born and my sister Kim is second and so our family circle is small. The bear is a good metaphor for those of us who want a cuddly view of each nation, a happy view that states, as the exhibit of bears suggests, that we are the bears, we appear different on the outside, and our nationality has it’s own unique story filled with symbols of significance, but we are all the same creature.

Gazing out the bus window, it is a blur of beautiful shapes and color. I love seeing the way that architecture that is uniquely Cuban interacts with all those beautiful old American, Czech and Russian cars is like visual poetry in motion. The play of colors alone can distract the eye away from the balconies, colonnades and central squares that is Old Havana.

One hopes that the beautiful cars that make the island so special can be updated to make them more fuel efficient rather than shipped off for sale to the highest bidder!

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

B.J. French

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Trees

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Prayers for a miracle, Havana cemetery

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Firefighter’s Tomb, Havana Cemetery

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Revolution Square

 

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

America’s Bear

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana is a city of cars and colonnades.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Window view of cemetery entrance.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Black and white film is evidence of restoration.

 

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Parque Square atrium

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, wall street style

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Orange car, Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Revolution Square, Havana, Cuba

 

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Revolucion

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Parque Square Hotel

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Prado, Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Sloppy Joe’s, Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Russian Spy ship arrives in Havana on January 20, 2015

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Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.