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Cuba: April 2015

Taken at one of the cultural events the group goes to.

Taken at one of the cultural events the group goes to.

Last November, the Santa Fe Workshops asked me to lead a photographic cultural tour to Cuba. It was a great experience not only for the group that was full, but for yours truly as well.

A few months ago they asked me to lead another group that went this past April, and of course I wanted to go back. It’s a fantastic country, with wonderful, friendly, and engaging people. The photo opportunities range from the cultural events we go to as part of the tour, as well as the “dawn patrols” and afternoon to late evening shoots we all go out shooting on our own.

I’ve been contacted again by Santa Fe to lead another group back to Cuba next March 15th. Once again I said oh yes!!! The Santa Fe Workshop is a top organization, run by professionals that have their participants wants and needs at the top of their list of things to do on a daily basis. I know that when I go, I don’t have to think of anything except shooting and working with my fellow photographers.

You might think that after being there twice, I would have seen and photographed enough to fill a long slideshow to the family. But as I often quote a 19th century French novelist named Marcel Proust to my online class with the BPSOP, and in my own “Stretching Your Frame of mind” workshops I conduct around our planet, “The only real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”.

One could keep going back to Cuba and find new photo opportunities each and every time, and I’m looking forward to doing just that. Here’s a slideshow of photos not that I took, but those from my group. As you can see, they’re truly indicative of the kinds of subject matter you see when you’re there with me. I would put a lot of these images up against the majority of self-professed professional photographers that are out there right now.

Enjoy the show:

I hope these images reach down into the soul of every photographer out there looking for places to see and photograph while inspiring you to join me. If Cuba has always been on your bucket list, I strongly suggest you see it before it changes forever as our government’s relationships with theirs becomes more and more open.

I can guarantee you as I did with all the photographers work you’ve seen in both these posts, an experience you’ll be talking about for years to come. Come join me next March 15th as I see things again with new eyes. For those that are interested, I can tell you that my group fills fairly quick. Now that we have an embassy in Cuba, the classes will fill even faster. Here’s a link to my trip in March: http://www.santafeworkshops.com/photography-workshops/workshop/1591

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com and check out my 2016 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me sometime.

Keep sending me your photos and questions to: AskJoeB@gmail.com, and I’ll create a video critique of your image.


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