The photo was taken during the Ford School’s International Economic Development Program in Havana, Cuba in March 2016.
Sitler says, “I was told before going to Cuba that walking Havana’s streets would feel like I had been transported back in time, but that’s not how it felt to me at all. With what we call classic cars that boast as many as 1 million miles on the odometer, it felt like a city of constant movement and rhythm and change, if anything juxtaposing the old with the new out of resourceful necessity. This ’52 Ford that both blends into and obscures the painted backdrop of hands on congas epitomized a small piece of this sentiment for me, and the discarded bottle in the left of the frame reminded me that there aren’t generally new American things in Cuba. Not yet.”