PART 2 of 3: I was told the people of Cuba are pretty. One of my favorite photographers, Graciela Iturbide, says, “I need to have complicity with the people to be able to take their photos.” Following her advice, I enjoyed a fleeting moment with each of these subjects before making their portraits. These are the results.
“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”
– Eve Arnold
CUBA TRAVEL TIPS: Unless you’re an adventurous traveler, I recommend you book travel through a tour group or a tour guide, or visit with someone who knows the country well. Spanish is essential if you plan to venture outside the major tourist destinations on your own. At this time American cell phones and credit/ATM cards will not function. Tourists can buy one hour internet access cards in the major tourist hotels, like the Parque Central or the Saratoga. The internet connection is only available in the lobby area, not in the sleeping rooms. While the vintage American cars are a charming novelty, they are not the best choices for taxi service. Try the yellow taxis outside the major hotels and look for an English-speaking driver if you don’t know Spanish. We hired a taxi driver outside the Saratoga who conducted an informative two-hour tour in English and drove us to the airport for approximately $60. It was the best money we spent on the trip. With circumstances quickly changing due to the U.S. recognition you should search for updates before planning a visit. This information was current on June 23, 2015.
Coming Soon: A Tour of Havana