In March of 2017, my husband and I travelled from Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad on less travelled roadways with our photographer friend, Carlos Otero. Carlos was working on a Portrait Project after his highly successful Bedrooms of Cuba Project. He took us to locations off the beaten path to see the real Cuba that he loves so much. “Cuba-On The Road” is a reflection of my experience there and way of seeing the world of nature, objects, things and people we encountered during this week driving along the coast and through the mountains where Che Guevara and Fidel Castro fought for power and control over fifty years ago. I created images that reflect my impressions of the people, their lives and the environment in which they conduct their daily rituals. My photographs are portraits of life in Cuba away from tourists from afar. Each image represents a moment in time. I have documented this with my camera and organized the details of the image with my personal arrangement of visual information. My goal is to present my impressions and experience as we explored together along this route. Carlos was photographing, arranging lodging and meals and driving. My husband requested that we go fishing with the local fishermen and visit the area of The Bay of Pigs to learn more about the political history of Cuba. I documented it all feeling the luxury of having my husband with me to explore this land of joy, sharing, turmoil and hardship. It was the perfect trip. Magical; happy and interesting with unexpected surprises along the way.
Leaving the humidity of the East and making my journey back to the west coast from Cuba. Many friends have been made. Wonderful memories of colour, vibrancy of Havana and and shared time in the plantation style lobby of the Hotel Parque Centrale with other photographers on our tour.
I am very excited to post a photograph I took last night in Havana at the Hotel Parque Centrale of our Photographer leader, Arthur Meyerson and Claudia Corrales, the grandaughter of Raol Corrales. Raol Corrales was a famous Cuban photographer who documented the Revolutionary period in Cuba.
This is the second post that I am actually writing myself. The first three posts were done by Carlos, my administrator, in Arizona through email as I could not access this site. It now seems to be working for me. Today has been a day off without the usual early morning photographing in the side streets.
We are up early and have our cappuccinos in the hotel lobby at 5:30 a.m. We are staying at the Hotel Parque Centrale in Havana and it is very elegant, and for me, a huge surprise. I love this hotel. It feels a bit like a plantation hotel with a very tropical feeling in the lobby and the rooms are spacious and elegant.
We arrived in Havana this afternoon. This city is vibrant with much activity and excitement in Hotel Parque Centrale where our group is staying for the duration of our explorations. I spent the evening watching the colour and magic of dancers in Havana Vieja, the old part of the city .