Cuba Libre

The day finally arrived - I was headed to Cuba to join 13 other talented photographers on what I considered to be one of my top five most interesting places to visit and photograph.  

I was to spend a week in Havana with a day trip included to visit the smaller town of Matanzas.

After months of reading about the country, it’s history and watching endless YouTube Videos and Netflix movies (Cuba Libre and Cuba and the Camera Man was helpful), I felt I was ready to define a theme to focus my photography goals. I wanted to capture the people – I wanted to take pictures that would resonate their resiliency, their generosity, their kindness and how they lived. 

I wanted everyone who saw their pictures to understand their "dash"

From watching kids play football (pronounced soccer in the U.S) in the streets, to observing customers buying their next meal at the local spot, oh, I can’t forget the daily maintenance of those marveled American vintage cars – most of which serve as Taxis to tourist.

I wanted to focus on the everyday life of Cubans.

To that extent and what was most humbling, is beyond the elegance of the cars, cigars, and authentic Mojito’s, I wanted capture both the elegance and neglect of the city.

Cuba is unique. It is a place one must experience on their own. I look forward to going back and traveling throughout the other cities and exploring the countryside of this amazing country and listening and relating to the experiences of its people.

Visit my photo gallery for more images of this magnetic city.

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