These Secret Bedrooms Tell You a Lot More about Cuba

credit: CREDIT: CARLOS OTERO BLANCO / THE NEW YORK TIMES

In order to show the world a more in-depth Cuba — different from the dilapidated, colorful buildings, cigars and 1950s cars — photographer Carlos Otero Blanco went where most people are not allowed, the bedroom.

“It’s the most intimate part of a home. A lot of things happen there: They love, argue, dream, procreate.”

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And it wasn’t just to discover more about Cuba, but more about the people. “When you look at the photos, you discover the person who lives there,” Otero Blanco said.

“Visitors may see a living room or bathroom, but they are never allowed to go to bedrooms where people have their private lives.”

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Dormir con 120

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As part of his project called “Dormir con 120” — an ode to the type of film he uses — Otero Blanco traveled around Cuba photographing all kinds of bedrooms, from an old farmer’s house to a more modern one.

See all the different bedrooms from around the island here.

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