January 24, 2020
  • 10:48 PM Advocating for RAW vs JPEG
  • 8:38 PM Patriots at the White House.
  • 8:30 AM Understanding Photography Composition, Part I
  • 9:04 PM The Exposure Triangle
  • 10:59 PM Photographic Exposure: Learn the Fundamentals, part I
  • 2:22 AM Miami Beach South Pointe.

Miami can be the background of the rich and famous in the news and the movies, but the Magic City is also a place where all kind of different communities melt, live, and prosper. Among them, the first Cuban generation of exiles arrived in the area of Little Havana after the Cuban revolution that took place in 1959. In this and future posts of the category PORTRAIT, I will go deep documenting this transitional group, the pioneers that set the course for others who arrived later on. I will do it one Cuban American at the time.


I was born in Havana, Cuba. I was a crew member of Cubana Airlines and I left my country during a flight to Spain then I came to this country. I’m being here for 51 years.-Tony

Tony explains his life in Miami:

Cuban-American exile Tony Pardinas in his Hallandale condo. All rights reserved Isabel Sierra©inFocus Photograph 2019

By now I have done several things, worked at a hotel, did some banking. I am being struggled but I am happy out of this course. I got a garage and sold it. Now I have a taxi, I do transportation for elderly people. I am very happy with my life, I keep myself busy, I don’t over do it.

A very simple philosophy

Q: Why do you live in a separate apartment from your wife? A: This apartment came at a very good deal as a short sale and I bought it, my wife Laura keeps the other next door. We make it like a duplex, she owns her place and I own my place. I get invited for dinner, or for breakfast: if she cooks ok if she doesn’t cook, no problem.




  1. Maria Noin Posted on March 2, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    I know Tony since the eighties.He is a very kind and and sensitive human being I love this photo because it’s show Tony hobbies and interests

    1. iSierra Posted on March 2, 2019 at 8:45 PM

      Thanks! This is an example of an environmental portrait that is framed in the context of a visual narrative that documents the individual photographed in an image closer to their natural environment. Then, the final photograph includes elements that give us information not only about the subjects but also about the history behind them.