I’ve been photographing this striking bodega since 2010, but I’ve never been completely satisfied with the results. The first time it came out as too wide, with an unappealing, enlarged foreground. I tried to conceal this shortcoming, but it got back at me and revealed itself for what was it was, an underwhelming fragmentary detail. Four years later, I revisited the scene and tried something new. Forget it. The shot came out too dark, even for a nighttime effort. (As for the panorama stitching…well, I don’t want to talk about it.)
As they used to say in the fifties, third time’s a charm. I realized I’d been approaching this all wrong. Why such a limited approach? For example, why couldn’t it work as a video, specifically a time-lapse one. So I went ahead. Because the original name of the store was Cubano Loco, I supplied a well-known Cuban nueva canción piece for audio accompaniment, called “Hasta Siempre Commandante” by the immortal Carlos Puebla.
What do you think?
Those interested in reading more about the song (like its translation), consult the links I supplied in the YouTube video description.
Here is the original bodega posting from 2013, featuring an interview with the ebullient Salah Hijaz.