Leser’s ‘CUBA’ at Zoot Coffee

Nov 30, 2017
Photo by: Norbert Leser “Back Home” is one of Norbert Leser’s images of Cuba on view in December at Zoot Coffee, Camden.

Camden — Norbert Leser, a photographer who lives in Camden and on Vinalhaven, will exhibit photos of Cuba at the downtown Zoot Coffee during the month of December. The show, "CUBA — Locked in Time," is based on his photo book published under the same title.

Leser visited several places in Cuba at a time when power was being transferred from Fidel to Raúl Castro. His photos portray the mood and sentiment of this still largely unknown country. Because Cuba and its people have been battered and suppressed by decades of embargo and sanctions, living conditions were, and are, still extremely poor and people have had to struggle.

However, these photos also convey the feeling that the people in general live their lives with dignity and pride. For example, the images show how people carefully treat their precious produce, or how they use whatever they can find to improvise such things as chess boards, dance studios or playgrounds.

Leser’s images also show the Cuban people's deep sense of their own cultural heritage and style. While they certainly have not had the resources to fully restore buildings and cars, these stark images indicate that the old charm has been preserved and kept intact as much as possible.

Although travel to Cuba has been made more difficult again, many are interested in learning more about this largely unknown country and perhaps consider a trip to the island. Leser said these photos might be a wonderful way to remember and better understand this country just 90 miles off the southeastern coast.

The book "CUBA — Locked in Time" is available in local bookstores and via Amazon; for more information, visit Leser's website at kwasir.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“Chair" is another image in Norbert Leser’s “CUBA” show. (Photo by: Norbert Leser)
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