CUBA STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ANOTHER TIME
Back in 2016 we had one of the most extraordinary experiences we’ve had as photographers. It was a trip that holds a truly special place in our hearts and one that inspired many others in the subsequent years including travels to Sri Lanka, Japan and Mexico to name a few. But Cuba, a country lost in time, really was something special and a place we’ve thought about a lot over the last year with travel an impossibility.
There were a lot of reasons that trip stood out. First and foremost the people were so warm, open and welcoming we felt an instant connection with them and one that hopefully came through in the photographs. Secondly it turned out to be a genuinely historic week, coinciding as it did with Barack Obama becoming the first U.S. president in Havana since 1928. And thirdly, of perhaps less global significance but a nonetheless important step for us it was the first time we shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 – a camera that helped us to break our mental barriers between the way we photographed the street and the way we photograph weddings and unify the two. So it was really one of those pivotal moments in our career that we will always look back fondly on and connecting the dots backwards it is clear how important Cuba was on our career.
Street trips are always something that we now do to practise our wedding photography and try out new ideas and concepts, we have been continuing our street work in the UK when we have been able to. But another big project that we have been exploring during lockdown is our #yorkplaceretro series on instagram, a look back at our wedding photography images through the years. And with travel restrictions still in place we have started to do the same for our street photography work.
Looking back through Cuba we were somewhat surprised at how many images had in fact never been shown despite our fondness for them. The collection shared in the blog post were just that – a collection; a selection of images that to us felt coherent next to one another and documented a journey from dawn to night and so many of these images simply didn’t fit that precise mould. But some of these images for whatever reason just didn’t mean as much to us back then. Photographs represent a frozen fraction of a second in time and yet time does not stand still around them, it changes them day by day. Photographs continually change and develop with the viewer and photographers’ understanding of the world, and sometimes an image doesn’t ring true until time has edited the story behind it.
So please enjoy this collection of forgotten images from another time, from a country lost in time.
Dom & Liam
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