It’s a mundane ritual, the daily tragicomedy of commuting through the surreal Cuban capital.
The bus is the main stage: people from every social stratum, wedged together in a steamy vehicle. Air-conditioning disabled as part of the state effort to save fuel.
It’s a mundane ritual, the daily tragicomedy of commuting through the surreal
Doors closed, windows jammed, spirits down, temperature already high, and rising. There is nowhere to move, nowhere to escape, personal space is in short supply and hands, with elbows and bags assault it relentlessly.
Some commuters are lost in thought, others try to tune out as a way of coping, while a few just fall asleep as a means to escape.
Little vignettes unfold every second, some too discrete to be noticed, too ephemeral to be remembered.
There is nowhere to move, nowhere to escape…….
This project is mainly focused around Havana, Cuba, where I was born and my home until 2014 when I moved to Sydney, Australia. They focus on the moments, situations and characters that captivated me, and that carry Cuba’s distinctiveness as I see it. I consider these photos to be a humble attempt to preserve these moments. They are my small testimony, a footprint of my tireless commuting across Havana, and a humble tribute to my fellow commuters.
Sergio Leyva Seiglie is a photographer born in Havana, Cuba and currently based in Sydney, Australia. His photographs has been showcased in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Aleppo 12th International Photo Festival and in various collective and solo exhibitions in the Australia, Cuba and Spain. His work has been part of Featured Shoot’s Print Swap and it has also been featured in publications such as Foto8, Inspired Eye Photography Magazine, Social Documentary Network and Japan Camera Hunter.
Contributor: All images used with permission for AFPS.blog by Sergio Leyva Seiglie