Cuba Through the Eyes of my Fellow Beholders
(L-R) Images by: Carrie McCarthy, Donna Kross, Lisa A. Cutler, John Kochowski
Like beauty, a destination, its emotional impact, significance and meaning, is in the eye of the beholder—colored by life experience, the world has many shades.
So far you’ve only seen Cuba through my eyes. I thought you might like to see how the other photographers who participated in Santa Fe Photographic Workshops’: Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba, saw it.
I asked those who wanted to take part to send me a few photos they felt best represented their Cuban experience.
Take a look and please feel free to comment. I’m sure the photographers would love to hear your thoughts and be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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Photographer: Carrie McCarthy
A Santeria ceremony and celebration, Elizabeth’s house
A Grupo Bán Rarra embrace
Soccer, dachshunds, amigos, and laundry: rooftop life, Havana
Salt water taffy colors: Paseo de Marti after the rain
Morning at a market, Havana
Photographer: Leigh Webber
I took refuge from the pouring rain inside of a church the day that we were in Bejucal. Three generations of women welcomed a friend who had brought them lunch.
Cubans and Americans are so curious about each other.
Traffic jam in Havana, 2016.
When people think of Cuba, they think of the classic American cars. As sexy as those are, I was really drawn to the design of the Russian Moskvitch.
First impressions of Cuba… Our first stop in Havana was at Revolution Square, which makes sense after realizing that the government has control on the places we visit in Cuba.
Photographer: Donna Kross
The Cuban’s clothing are very colorful and clean. They take pride in their appearance, no matter how poor they might be.
This is my best friend, Holly Bruno, making a local senior citizen very happy with conversation and a CUC and in turn, Holly is happy, too!
At sun up, the streets begin to come alive, along with the beautiful colors of Havana. In all of my travels to over 35 countries, I’ve yet to find light as perfect as Cuba’s.
People’s whole worlds can be seen down any given ally in Havana and they are usually very busy going about their lives.
I could see a scene like this a thousand times and a thousand times, it will melt my heart. The love between a father and his daughter is very special.
Photographer: Donna Aceto
Sante Fe photographer Dianne DeLorenzo of NYC learns some salsa from Orlando Garcia (L).
A very friendly and easily amused taxi driver takes a few of us thru the streets of Bejucal in the pouring rain.
Leaving a large aged apartment building in Habana Centro, I get a glorious smile in exchange for a Tootsie Pop and a rubber ball.
Cuban twin photographers Orlando and Eduardo Garcia (R-L) help the Sante Fe group get into the spirit over lunch at the Warehouse of Wood and Tobacco, a Cuban brewery.
A happy couple who have done a bit of early imbibing on a Sunday morning agree to be treated to some food in exchange for a photo in downtown Havana.
Photographer: Pat Trotter
I came across this band of musicians while walking around Havana Vieja and struck up a conversation, asked if I could photograph and the next thing I knew I was dancing with this musician in the park with all sorts of people looking on! Just made the day even more special.
Jorge and Pepe Gavilondo. How can one forget their humor, generosity of spirit, and friendship to all of us?
Walking along the Prado on Sunday afternoon I chanced by this artist giving drawing lessons to a group of five or six kids. He had limited supplies and thankfully I had some crayons and colored pencils to offer.
What the picture of this fisherman from Cojimar doesn’t show is that after he caught fish he dumped the net in front of the two old penguins that lived in the village. He also seemed to appear when he saw the photographers and was quite conscious that people were taking his picture.
Photographer: Melissa Fricek
Here is this young man. At first glance asking me to consider a meal in his restaurant. I am shooing, it is the “golden hour” following rain. I take a second glance and realize he is really interested in sharing his dreams with me. The “American” dream, it seems. We speak. I am charmed, and instantly, I believe in this young man, and his dreams. This image and his story represented the hopes and dreams of many of the people in Cuba who now have more opportunities than before.
Photographer: Dianne DeLorenzo (A NYC vet)
His name was Che and he was ancient. Very comfortable in his spot on the chair.
I followed this stray for 3 blocks until she finally stopped in front of this car. Name and age unknown
Wandering the hot streets of Casablanca this friendly stray was trying to take a nap. His buddy, however , was on the go!
Pedro was being walked by his owner Maria. He was 6 years old and she had him since he was a puppy.
Dolce was 8 months old and looking for dinner. Once this gentleman finished he set the bowl down for Dolce to eat.
Photographer: Greg Annunziata
Staircase along the Prado on a rainy morning. Myself, Dianne and Pat went on dawn patrol the rainy morning when most stayed in. It was dark and we were walking along the Prado under the portico desparate for anything to shoot. Along the way we stumbled upon this staircase. I loved the rich warm colors and the graffiti provided added interest.
Colorful cars on the back streets of Old Havana.Everything I love to shoot in one picture. Old worn things with character, patina, peeling paint, rust, bold colors and street art.
Kids are kids no matter where you go.This shot was taken on our outing with Eduardo. I was observing how Eduardo was doing street photography and tried to emulate him. I saw these kids and decided to give it a go. To me it captures kids being kids.
A Jazzy lunch. When Dianne and I travel out of NY and especially to a foreign country, we want to see more than just the touristy stuff. We want to experience the culture and the music is a big part of that. I really enjoyed our first lunch with the jazz band and this photo is a reminder of our love of the music.
Old man and the sea at the fishing village of Cojimar. I liked this picture for a few reasons. The fisherman has a face with a lot of character, captures him at work and harks back to a simpler time.
Photographer: John Kochanowski
Morning Smoke: A Cuban woman exuding great confidence and fearlessness stops for a morning smoke. Similar “moxie” was apparent all over the island.
A New Dawn Over Havana: In the literal sense, the sun rising above the Havana horizon; figuratively, a major societal shift is dawning on the Cuban people.
Colores Naccionales: A modern interpretation of the Cuban national colors signifying the modernization of a country frozen in time.
Dancers in Havana: the following and breaking of tradition. Classical ballet, then, with all women dancers, now, a male dancer taking his place on the stage amongst them.
La Dona: A woman still proud and aristocratic even after all the hardship she has experienced.
Photographer: Lisa A. Cutler
Old man – While walking along a road at the bottom of the town of Casablanca, there was a row of windows and doors open to the street. This man, sitting in his pajamas had a dreamy look on his face. I felt that as I was looking at him, he was thinking of a world long ago. His grown daughter was in the back of the room straightening up his things.
Joy in Havavana – .I was meandering around Havana about to take a picture of this wall art when I saw a flash of red from the corner of my eye. For me, a ‘photo catch” of a lifetime.
Looking into the back seat – While walking on a rainy street in the town of Bejucal, I glanced into a car and saw the eyes of this handsome and timeless young man. The car was from the 50’s and so was his face.
Red Foot, Blue foot – I couldn’t resist taking the picture of this adorable boy.
Cuba in the morning-Looking out on to the city just after dawn I saw blocks of color that reminded me of a Cubist painting.
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