I just got back from a week in Cuba and wow, did it have a profound affect on me. It's going to take me a while to process everything, but I can say it's already changed the way I think about photography and how I'm going to approach my photography going forward.
The Cuban people are wonderful. Their lifestyle is so vastly different from ours. Makes me feel like a glutton by comparison. We have EVERYTHING at our fingertips. They get by with so much less, however they seem to be content. Now, this is by no means a political discussion and I don't want to go there, but I do want to talk about mentality.
There's something nice about slowing down. Not checking Email, FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram every 5 minutes. Taking time to soak in the sights and the people. Immersing oneself in another culture and embracing it. I geared up like a lot of my fellow photographers.
Brought the Fuji X100s along with my Nikon DSLR and a bunch of lenses and speedlites. Going forward, I would not bring a DSLR or speedlites. Nor would I have brought triggers or the gorilla pod, sync cables. In fact, next trip, I would bring Fuji mirrorless digital only. No speedlites. No triggers. No stands, no tripod etc.
The light in Cuba is amazing. It's hot. There's so much to see and you're always moving. Less is more. I found that when I slowed down and took my time to really see what was happening, I got some great shots. And keeping my gear uncomplicated was liberating.
This post is a collection of streetshots that I made on the last evening of our trip. I'll post quite a bit more, but for now, I wanted to share a slice of life on the streets of Havana.
Shooting the Fuji X100s was a dream. I developed a whole new love for the camera. There's something incredibly liberating about having a small stealthy camera with a fixed lens and nothing else. Keeping things simple. We seem to like to complicate things. Carry all our gear around as a crutch. But spending time in Cuba I found that less is more.
Going to Cuba has been a lifelong dream for me. Now that I've been there, I know I've got to go back. There's so much to see and do and impossible to cover it in a week, however I'm so grateful for the experience and look forward to the next one.