The day after Thanksgiving, we sailed aboard Oceania's Insignia to Key West and then on to Havana, Cienfuegos, and finally Santiago de Cuba. This is a trip that I have been looking forward to for a long time. For a photographer, Cuba is one of the most fascinating destinations. The country is essentially a time capsule. And while there have been many thousands of visitors in the last several years, many of whom are photographers, it gives you the feeling that you are the first to see these things in recent memory.
Because of the recent changes in regulations governing Americans traveling to Cuba, we opted to stick with the tours offered by the cruise line. These tours were not designed with photographers in mind, so much of the shooting was done "run and gun," snatching shots as you kept moving from place to place. This is not the ideal artistic approach to photography, but it does force you to shoot what you see. I think if you look at the shots taken in Key West and compare them to those taken in Cuba, I think that they have a very different feel. Those taken in Cuba have a more documentary look. That is not all bad, as I went there to look at the country with fresh eyes. Perhaps I'll go back sometime and have the luxury of taking my time to create more artistic images.
I'm glad I went and would encourage any photographer to take a look at this place before it disappears in the march of progress.
You can see my Insignia-Cuba Collection here: http://www.markpollittphoto.com/p662085267