Hey y’all, my name is Joerg Alexander Reichardt (@j.a.reichardt), a German photographer currently based in Berlin. I hope you’ll follow along as I share images from my trips to Havana, what I love to say, is my second home.
The majority of my work was made in and around Havana. Eventually, these constant visits prompted me to change my view, more and more the devastating poverty most people live in became clear to me, but I am not a documentarist and do not show events. I am a wanderer, a flaneur, a poet, catching images, more as an instant reaction to what I feel.
The images, which come from various bodies of works, are collectively titled “Havana Hours„ a nod to that I am always just a relatively short time in Havana, but they are also meant to serve as a record linked to my Cuban live, which is marked by my wife and my daughter who live in Havana.
Everything is movement
” Everything is movement; – for me, a portrait session is a kind of dance with my subject, where we try to find the right rhythms to dance together. There is the obvious movement and there is the movement within, more subtle, but even more important, because a photo always reflects about what was before and what will be after, and the movement anticipates it, so to speak, in its absolute beauty of its motionlessness.”
Havana | March 2021
“Only the future revisits the past.”
Seeing a city as a structure, resulting in patterns and lines, and at the same time as a space of living and dying; – now alienated by a pandemic, creates its own melancholic beauty.
Leaving my camera behind, only with my mobile phone camera with its distorting wide angle, I am wandering aimlessly through the streets of the broken city, immersed with the feeling of a standstill in time.