“HABANABOY is a portrait publication made up of street cast boys that caught my eye whilst visiting the capital earlier this year.
I tend to shoot a lot of young male’s back in London and so it was interesting for me to adopt that style in a foreign city. The diverse and good-looking faces in Havana stood out to me immediately and that’s where the starting point of the project began.
The project developed further the longer I stayed, and I began exploring the different subcultures and urban tribes that exist in modern Havana including the reggaeton, skate and drag scenes. I also interviewed some of the boys with the translation help of two Habaneros that are now very close friends of mine to gauge opinions and a clearer insight into what life is really like out there away from the tourist idea of salsa, rum and cigars” – Joshua Osborne