On February 4th, 2017, I embarked on a weeklong photographic journey to Cuba with the International Center for Photography. Joined by my dear friend Liz Hilpman, we were amongst a group of twelve using our cameras to explore anachronistic Havana, as well as the picturesque fishing village Cojimar, made famous by Hemingway, and the rural Vinales valley. It was a special and timely trip as Cuba is poised for change- the government has allowed privatization of certain businesses, Americans are now welcome, and the cruise ships arrive daily.
We visited Callejon de Hamel, a street full of shrines, diverse sculptural pieces, and colorful murals. It has been considered a public temple to Santeria and African influences in Cuban culture. We attended the fabulous Sunday rumba festival.
Apple has arrived on the island!
The people of Havana are friendly, welcoming and kind. Many invited us into their homes or workshops. The buildings, once lovely, are mostly crumbling but have an aged patina which is breathtaking in its own way.