OUR CUBAN SPECIAL COMES TO AN END. WE HAVE TRAVELED TO HAVANA AND LEARNED ABOUT ITS HISTORY. WE HAVE TASTED A BIT OF MUSIC AND SENSED THE BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND THROUGH THE WORK, THE WORDS AND THE EYES OF PEOPLE LIKE KEVIN SLACK AND ANDREAS DELROSI. WE EVEN WANDERED TO THE HIDDEN GARDENS OF LOS JARDINES DE LA POLAR. TODAY WE FINISH IT WITH THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM: LOS CHICOS DESNUDOS, CUBA'S NAKED BOYS.
If you read Kevin Slack’s interview during the past two weeks, for sure you have already met some of the beautiful young men that we will (re)introduce to you today. But never did you see them as free and adventurous as they are portrayed here. Jorge Luis, Yosmany, Daniel, Lazaro, Orly. They are all here in their purest form. Kevin Slack photographed these sensual young men, free in their nudity and intimacy, against the backdrop of typical Cuban architecture and natural environment. The ultimate message of Cuban freedom.
“I find many of my models on the street or through friends. Otherwise, they are not models ,” explains Kevin when asked about his work. “Cuban boys, many of them have a rawness and an openness and, yes, a sense of adventure that I love to photograph.” Kevin has many stories on how he actually met his models. Jorge Luis he met while he was shopping with his mother and brother. He noticed the effect Jorge Luis had on the people in the street, and just knew he had to photograph him. Kevin also approached Jean in the street, who said he was interesting in modeling but had one problem: he had a twin brother. After meting Omar, the twin, it really didn’t seem to be such a problem after all. Working with Francesco was a bit more difficult. It took some time before the young Cuban agreed to model, and when finally persuaded it turned out that he too had a twin brother (what are the odds), which resulted in another double portrait series.
Many of Kevin Slack’s boys are to be found on his impressive on line portfolio, and soon as well in his upcoming photo book, which will be dedicated to Cuba and these wonderful boys who are living their life on this unique and amazing island. –B-