Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the exhibit Cuba: Opening Doors by Jan Lightfoot in its Step Up Gallery in September. The genesis of this exhibit began with a recent opportunity to travel and photograph in Cuba. Lightfoot found that, for an outsider, “Cuba transports one back in time, to a place that can only be imagined.”
“Cuba remains shrouded in mystery for most Americans,” says Lightfoot. “Life in Cuba is hard; most people wake up everyday wondering if they will have anything to eat that day. In the faces of many, hope is gone, and in others you see nothing else but hope. Time itself, for the people of Cuba, became one of the enduring issues to strike me, and I have tried to convey that.”
“As Cuba’s borders begin to open, my wish is that these images unlatch the doors for the viewers’ thoughts about Cuba, the people, and their evolving culture.”
“Although never formally trained, I have always been involved with photography in one form or another,” Lightfoot says. “Now that I am retired after 18 years of self-employment, the camera has become my paintbrush, the computer is my canvas, and my fascination with photography has naturally evolved into my passion.” Lightfoot is currently the organizer for Exploring Photography, an online Meet-Up group. Examples of her photographic portfolios can be seen at www.janlightfoot.com.
Passing the Time of Day
Street Scene, Cienfuegos