Insignia Cruise to Cuba

December 17, 2017  •  3 Comments

 

1953 Ford Crestline Convertible1953 Ford Crestline Convertible

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

 


Comments

Les Gartner(non-registered)
Very nice shots, Mark. I rally like the photo of the lady with the cigar!
Jim Sciacero(non-registered)
Looks like another great trip for you and Jane. Loved the photos of the old cars and the local Cubans. Have a great Holidy
Carl Kriigel(non-registered)
Mark,
Thank you for sharing these images of Cuba. As a car guy, I really enjoyed the photos of the classic cars the most. The contrast in old and new buildings is very interesting. You did a great job capturing the essence of the country even though you were constantly on the move. Great job!
Carl
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