Cuba Through the Eyes of my Fellow Beholders

Female photographers taking a Santa Fe Workshop in Cuba
Some of my fellow travelers and photographers: (left>right) Jennifer Spelman, Carrie McCarthy, Donna Marchese Kross, Donna Aceto, Dianne DeLorenzo,

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.

Photographer: Carrie McCarthy

Photographer: Leigh Webber

Photographer: Donna Kross

Photographer: Donna Aceto

Photographer: Pat Trotter

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)

 Photographer: Greg Annunziata

Photographer: John Kochanowski

Photographer: Lisa A. Cutler

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  1. Dear Susan, I was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. when I was five. I grew up in NY and I consider myself both a Cuban and a New Yorker. I’m deeply touched by your recount of your Cuban adventure. There’s so much of my country I don’t know, and can’t relate to. I hope to one day be able to travel there. I know that it will be an emotional and enlightening journey. Thank you for your beautiful pictures, and your beautiful words of my country and my people. Love your blog.

  2. Wonderful photos! I especially enjoyed the animal photos, getting a few glimpses of their personalities and lives. Thank you for sharing the photos of your fellow companions. I look forward to seeing more photos from your next trip?

  3. What great photos, they really capture the culture in many different ways. Great idea for sharing.

    On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 5:05 AM, The Insatiable Traveler wrote:

    > Susan Portnoy posted: ” 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 o” >

    • In my opinion, the sharing the work is as important as sharing the experience. I spent 7 days with these folks. Walking through Havana, laughing, joking, getting on each others nerves (just a little), getting to know each other, establishing new friendships, and I am thrilled they wanted to participate. Meant the world to me. 🙂

  4. I agree wholeheartedly with Susan in that although at times, we were in the same places, simultaneously, our perspectives were different. We all have our own style, but it’s great to be with other, talented photographers from which we can all learn something no matter what personal level of skill we are at in that moment of time.

  5. Susan, as you know, it is said that a photograph says as much (or more) about the photographer as it does of the subject the photographer is capturing. What I love about this collection of images is that each grouping has a very specific point of view. You get a sense of the personality and temperament of each photographer through his or her images. It looks like you were with a great group of talented, thoughtful, and fun photographers. Thanks for posting these. It made my morning.

    • I agree, every image says so much about the photographer: The choices, the compositions, what they choose to shoot in general. I really find it fascinating especially when it’s a situation where we’re often in the same place at the same time. Neat to see how people respond and create.

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