A few days ago, I returned from “A Journey to Havana, Cuba” with photojournalist Peter Turnley. This People to People Educational exchange simply knocked my socks off and I am forever changed. To be in the presence of such a beautiful photographer, educator and storyteller for a week was such a gift. Peter is known for “documenting the human condition and current events”. You may know of him from his photographs that have graced the cover of Newsweek Magazine 43 times! Thanks to my friend Nancy Hogshead who turned me on to Peter, his work and this trip of a lifetime.
I enjoy making photographs when I’m not wearing my Public Relations hat in New York City. The photography world dovetails nicely with the PR field, as I am always telling client’s stories visually every chance I get. I’m also a fan of workshops with master photographers. You may have seen my blog posts about my fall trip to Africa here and here. I knew I wanted to visit Cuba so naturally I was very inspired by images I saw on Twitter and blogged about the tweets that inspired this trip here.
Peter took us through the streets of Havana morning, noon and night. From markets to boxing gyms, ballet studios and even La Tropical dance hall. We had special access at all times because he knows this city like he knows New York City and Paris, where he lives. On our own we woke up early and rambled around Havana, meeting the beautiful people as they walked children to school or rushed to work.
Each of the seven days, I took roughly 500 photographs (3500 total) and of those, chose my favorite 150 photos. Evening critique sessions with Peter were the highlight of my trip. Of the 150 photos, he selected 15 of the images he liked best. His favorites of my photographs are below. Next week I will show more of the images from Havana through my lens, and hope that you will want to visit one day!
**A special shout-out to Peter’s talented staff, Cuban photographers Nestor Marti and Alain Gutierrez.**
Images in this post were taken with the Canon EOS 5D MarkIII using the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens.
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