Photos: Sleeping with Cuba

November 18, 2010

Orlando Luis Pardo, a writer and photographer based in Havana, is one of the handful of friends who stepped up to guestblog last summer while I was off getting married and honeymooning. His written work is quirky and smart and I enjoy following it but his photo blog, Boring Home Utopics, is pretty permanently bookmarked because it always takes me back to Cuba in very real ways. Recently, Orlando gave up his space, in a way, for a curious project currently on exhbit at the Fototeca in Old Havana which was produced by Cuban photographers Carlos Otero and Enrique Rottenberg.

Called "Dormir con ..." (Sleeping with ..."), it chronicles beds and bedrooms throughout the island, those ultimately intimate spaces where we embrace our deepest dreams. The photos need little comment, though I found Orlando's presentation of Carlos and Enrique's work almost as haunting as what the images themselves show. Instead of simply loading up digital versions of the photographs, Orlando took his own photos of the exhibition. So these are photos of photos, the shadowy reflections of the gallery visitors creating a whole other layer of meaning. You can see the whole thing on Orlando's blog, but for a taste, check these out: