Wandering the streets of Camaguey is an adventure in exploring a completely new area and I ventured out on my own. When photographing, in general, it is great to have company with whom I can rendezvous in the general area but it is a meditative experience with my camera and I enjoy focusing quietly as I observe the areas for subject matter. Meeting the local people and interacting with them if I want to take a portrait is a unique and personal experience. Sometimes, there are group interactions and discussions and photo opportunities and today we observed talented flamenco dancers and then visited a family of sisters and children in their home environment. The Flamenco Dancers were at the Director of Andante-The Flamenco Project. It is 20 years old.
We flew to Camaguey from Fort Lauderdale. The afternoon was spent exploring this city located in Central Cuba. It is the nation’s third largest city and was founded in 1528. It is the capital of Camaguey Province and is designated a Unesco World Heritage site. I am travelling with Magdalena Sole who has spent time in various areas of Central and Southern Cuba so is a perfect guide to facilitate our journey here for twelve days.
I was honoured to be asked to photograph the 50th anniversary celebration for dear friends in early February, 2019. It was a gathering of three generations of their family and many friends from their life together.
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.