01/18/13 - National Geographic - Memories intertwined: Revisiting David Allan Harvey´s Trinidad (Cuba)
Rosa Orbea and her niece Annalien Santander Orbea, who appeared in
National Geographic Magazine´s article "Cuba's Colonial Treasure," October
1999. Photograph © KIKE CALVO.
For those of you who have been readers of National Geographic for years
now, you may remember a beautiful and visually captivating article on
Trinidad, Cuba, with images by David Allan Harvey, published 14 years ago.
In one of the photographs, Rosa Orbea was combing the hair of her niece,
Annalien Santander Orbea. Annalien was wearing a crisp, bright white
dress, and getting ready to celebrate her ¨quinces¨, a very meaningful
celebration that occurs when a girl becomes a young lady, turning 15 years
As an expert for National Geographic Expeditions, I join our travelers
in a search for unique places around the destination country. On this
occasion, we went to visit the home of horse whisperer Julio Muñoz, who is
none other than Rosa´s husband.
To say the least, luck was on my side when I found out the Annalien, now a
mother, was visiting for a couple of days from Miami. As a photographer, I
was thrilled by the opportunity, so I inquired the location of that white,
now less sparkly, ¨quinceañera¨ dress. Sure enough, they found it.
The room in which the photograph was taken years ago, is now being
refurbished as part of the the family's new project, a bed and breakfast.
We sat together in the living room, a beautiful colonial space with high
ceilings mosaic tiles. As we spoke about their appearance in National
Geographic magazine and how that influenced their lives, I took some
photographs to immortalize such a unique coincidence. These images of past
and present display a perfect picture of change.
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