with a group of photographers and a non-governmental organization (NGO) out of Miami. Our group flew to the island on a charter flight, and spent the first four days in Havana before loading into minivans to make the five-hour drive southeast to Trinidad, where we spent three more days.
While I had very personal reasons to make this trip, I very much wanted to leave something meaningful behind. We brought, of course, our photo equipment to capture as much of this rich, vibrant, and mysterious country as we could, but we also packed in a great deal of sports equipment and photo gear to leave with these communities.
We stayed in “casas particular” which are private homes that host visiting tourists and we spent our days walking through neighborhoods and meeting locals throughout the most interesting parts of town. We would wake early and walk until early afternoon, and either not eat lunch or grab whatever we could find while out. In the evenings, we would meet for dinner and share stories of the day before our exhausted crew would call it an evening, or perhaps stay up just long enough to back up the day’s photography and get batteries charged for the next day.
With each day came the opportunity to meet and spend time with strangers who embraced us as friends. They allowed us to capture the images of their community, themselves, and their lifestyle. In exchange, we donated photographic and sports equipment to a local skateboard club. We showed them how to use the cameras and shared some photography tips on shooting basics, composition, and storytelling so they could express themselves through photography long after we were gone.
Central and Old Havana were spectacular, and Trinidad held the unique charm of a small island town. All of the photos included in this book came from these photo walks around town.
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