Mitch Ridder 2016-12-08 06:44:36
LAST WORDS ON WHERE WE TRAVEL AND WHY A Cuban couple finds a rare moment of solitude along Havana’s famous—and typically busy— oceanfront promenade, Malecón. They stroll, backed by a glimpse of the city’s playground with the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba in the distance. The area is Havana’s beloved seaside heart and magnet; locals enjoy a cool ocean breeze while meeting friends and unwinding at the end of the day, fishermen claim choice spots along the seawall to cast their lines and visitors from around the world take in the locale’s spectacular views while enjoying a street musician or two. Cuba is a magical place, still frozen for the most part in 1959, but the tropical winds of change are coming. As a professional photographer and photojournalist, I made my trip to Cuba in December 2015 with New York street photographer Bruce Byers’ international workshop group Camera Voyages. I wanted to document Cuba’s past before it becomes the present as the tumultuous relationship between Cuba and the United States begins to stabilize. My goal was to capture Havana’s street life with its old architecture, street vendors and classic American cars, but my trip also led me to rural farms and an overnight stay in the colorful foothill town of Trinidad. My philosophy for shooting street photography in Cuba was to be invisible in hopes of catching the most natural street scenes possible. As this image shows, even in the middle of monumental societal shifts, some scenes remain timeless.
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