Destination Cuba: Cuba’s Heart And Soul…The People

My recent visit to Cuba is now but a memory, my photos edited and filed, a few favorites selected, creatively processed and saved for my blog.  It was, once again a trip beyond my greatest hopes.  I can honestly say that the people are what make this place so amazing with their quick smiles and friendly greetings to my poor attempts at Spanish; they are the heart and soul of this wonderful country.

So, I begin my photographic memoirs with a few photographs of the wonderful people that I had the privilege of sharing a moment or two with over the course of a week.

 

The bold colors and graphics in addition to the symbolism of this Fred Flintstone mural caught my attention so, I set up my tripod, composed the scene and waited for a passerby to click the shutter…

 

A favorite pastime in Cuba is standing or sitting on a front porch, watching the world go by and greeting the many friends with a smile and a wave…

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I found that a friendly smile and pointing at my camera yielded nods of agreement to my photographing nearly everyone I “asked”…

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After making a few quick images I would show the back of my camera to my subjects.  Each and every person would smile with joy at seeing themselves on my camera’s screen. They were even more animated when my camera aimed at them once again for a few more photos…

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My favorite subjects were the elderly people whose stories I would love to hear.  Sit down for a cup of Cuban coffee and a conversation.  I can only begin to imagine the experiences behind those wisened old eyes…

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Upon learning that we were Americans, the people would light up and exclaim… “Americans!, We love Americans!  Welcome to our country!”…

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We explored the nooks and crannies of Havana, down side streets rich with everyday life from the street vendors selling their wares…

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A look behind a gated lot revealed more signs of the push for restoration…

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Visits to the more touristy squares were filled with artists…

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Santeria will tell you your fortune and pose for a photo…for a fee…

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And every square has it’s resident “old timer” who will willingly pose for a peso, or a cigar…

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I would have loved to venture out one night to see a Salsa show but, alas, photographers aren’t know for their late night partying and so we found a few entertainers who were performing during the light of day…

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I could have spent my entire week photographing the people of Cuba but, there are many other photogenic subjects to share so, stay tuned…