Old Cars, Changing Times
In December 2016, I was given the incredible opportunity of traveling to Cuba and shooting for one of my favorite magazines Road & Track for their most visually exciting section "GO.” I had been to Cuba earlier in the year for a quick trip, but was looking forward to diving deeper into the culture and bringing back photographs that could represent this incredibly unique place and moment in time. One week after Fidel Castro's death, I landed in Havana once again to take in the crumbling yet beautiful architecture, paired with the classic iron and the consistent electric sounds of Cuban music playing in the background. This all made for a very inspiring assignment. Walking the streets with my camera looking around every corner, it seemed no matter what direction I turned, there was a photograph in motion and I had to be ready to act on it.
Even though I have done my fair share of traveling and photographing, I still do get a bit nervous approaching strangers in the beginning. Especially when I don't speak the language in a foreign country. But after the first day, I came to realize that the majority of people I came across were incredibly friendly and comfortable with having photographs taken of them in their natural state.
If you have any interest in cars, art, music, architecture and history, Cuba should be a must on your list this year! This is the time to go, but you must me prepared and do your research ahead of time because your American credit and debit cards won't work, nor will your cell phone (except for the occasional wifi cards you can purchase). So bring enough cash and budget wisely. Pick yourself up a reliable guide book and you'll be good to go. Cuba acts as a great escape from the modern day world and takes you back to a time when socializing was done through true physical interactions.