A love letter to Havana, Cuba’s Transgender community, Titus Heagins: I Still Love You… refers to a pattern the photographer observed visiting the island and building relationships with its transgender community members over the course of two decades.
Foreign tourists would forge relationships with trans women and men of Havana, offering stability, only to later abandon their companions to return to their lives abroad.
In intimate portraits, the photographer expresses his enduring commitment to the people in his photographs, their lives, and their humanity.
“Over the course of my life, as I met other people who were defining, and re-defining, themselves I realized we were participants in the same struggles.”
Titus Brooks Heagins ( b. 1950, Chicago, Illinois ) lives and works in Durham, North Carolina, holds a BA degree in political science from Duke University in Durham, as well as an MFA degree from the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Heagins’ work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, D.C.; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and the Casa de Africa, Havana, Cuba, among others.
Heagins feels personally drawn to this neglected communities, which he has stated are reminiscent of the unincorporated part of Houston, Texas, where he grew up as the grandson of African American sharecroppers.
He ruminates that those who live in poverty exist in a place where despair and hope coexist. It is that most human dichotomy of hope and despair that Heagins captures in his work.
Taxi para tres, Nomi, Brianna, y Max
by Titus Heagins