Cuba. A place that I'm not normally allowed to visit. Neeley and I
have talked in the past of visiting Cuba, but have not done enough
investigation to figure out how to get there. We were interested, but
there were still places on our travel destination list that didn't require
us to jump legal hurdles, so we never got past the discussion stage.
But this past summer an associate of Neeley's who arranges photo trips
announced that he was hosting a trip to Cuba, and that it would be handled
legally through a company called
Global Exchange. That was good enough for us, and we signed up. For
the trip to be legal we needed to schedule work and research during the
entire trip. This was arranged by Global Exchange, and we had a busy
schedule every day.
The schedule involved trips to meet photographers and artists, meetings
with the Cuban artist union, a visit to the Critabol Colon cemetary, trips
to see organic farms in Cuba, the arrangement of a photo show of the
groups work, and a day of presentations working with local photographers
in Cuba. This was not a traditional vacation, but it did allow us to
visit the island and the people there.
The trip was enjoyable. We visited Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad;
met wonderful people, experienced good (and bad) cuisine, and managed to
take lots of pictures despite the busy schedule.
Below you will see a couple dozen of the best shots that I took while on
the trip. You can click on the thumbnails below or you can
view them as a slideshow.
Hope you enjoy them.