Caille Ocho

This is day 3 of Project 14.

Caille Ocho is an annual street festival held in Miami around April each year. One would think it would be an easy place to photograph people—especially since there are about a million of them and most of them are pretty pissed. I had been there twice but have come up empty each time. Actually let me back up a minute. I think I come up empty but after a month or two, I keep going over the photos and start coming up with good images. I guess this has a lot to do with what is going on in my head instead of taking good pictures. Neurosis becomes my reality.

In any case I have noticed that when the streets are crowded, I seem to have problems. I originally thought it had something to do with my graphic style of shooting but have slowly began to realize that it is attitude more than anything else. I just have to be positive and keep doing it. Oh ya—patience is the key.

So there I was in this crowd of one million screaming drunken Cubans and this girl steps in front of me with tattoos on her back. Who were these guys? Were they family, ex-lovers, her kids? I guess I will never know. Neither will she ever likely know that I took this picture. Perhaps it’s a fair trade. It took me over a year to find this image amongst the hundreds that I took that day. Its all about patience.

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