Words and Photo / Jovell


For my Stills moment I wanted to do something a little bit different. I love Alaska and all that it has to offer, but I wanted to share two of my favorite photos from a recent trip to Cuba.


I spent a good amount of my time in Cuba riding around in cabs. Normally, I’d be bothered by that, but most of the Cuban cabs are old Chevrolet Bel Airs, so I wasn’t complaining. One of the best parts about riding in so many cabs was that it offered a unique perspective of the Havana scenery, and was rewarding if you were quick enough. This moment, of a mother and her child (I'm assuming), was so appealing to me. The colors, the realness of it all, I loved it. The frame was provided by pure luck.


This photo was taken during my time in Trinidad, Cuba. Trinidad was so lively and colorful. The residents there had a playful way of shit talking Havana that I really liked. This gentleman spent his entire day sitting on the curb, writing in his notepad. What he was writing, I have no clue, but after my third time seeing him that day I went up and asked him for a photo. He was kind enough to oblige. He cracked the slightest of smiles, I made my photograph and we shook hands. 


Jovell is photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska. When he's not outside playing kickball or snacking at Fire Island Rustic Bake Shop, you can usually catch him on Instagram @jovell.