Cuba – Gotta go before it all changes
CUBA – what a wonderful place to photograph and experience some of the best hospitality on earth. Cuba may be stuck in time but will not remain that way for too many more years – YOU gotta go before it all changes.
We spent a wonderful 10 day trip to Havana, Vinales, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos in late November and early December. It was a first time visit for all our guests and I dare say they all came home happy and with awesome images.
We were lucky – I think – in that we arrived in Havana just a few days after Fidel Castro died so we got to experience a side of Cuba that will only happen once – the mourning period for their Fidel. We had the privilege of attending 2 nights of services for him in Havana where it was obvious that many people supported their Fidel. The second image is just one of four main streets at the plaza and well before it was filled to capacity. We wandered, photographed, took video, and even spoke with folks about their Fidel. One of those Once In-A-Lifetime Experiences that you will never forget.
Cuba is lively, colorful, and greets you with open arms. We felt safe, secure, and welcome everywhere we went. The trip was about photography so here are some of our favorite images.
First up – everyone loves Cuba for the old classic cars. They look old and classic on the outside but the truth is these cars have been rebuilt and many use diesel engines and other non-original systems BUT the bodies and interiors have been babied and painstakingly “restored.” We could do an entire post on the vehicles but we’ll save that for another time.
The art work is another great attraction to Cuba – COLORS and more COLORS! It does not matter which neighborhood you are in there is art work and color everywhere. We enjoyed Hamel Street and other areas – the graffiti is colorful and well done.
We loved simply wandering the streets to see what we’d find – we found a lot to photograph – there is so much there we have to go back often to get it all. It did not matter if we were in Havana, Trinidad, Vinales, or Cienfuegos – the beauty of the country and her people is amazing. Yes, this is one of the favorite parts of our job – traveling the world and meeting new people and making friends and learning about each other.
As with any trip, the people make Cuba special. The following are some of our favorite “people” shots from this visit.
We hope you enjoy the post. We’d love to host you on one of our global photo tours and would love to have you join us for an upcoming CUBA photo tour with one of guest pros.