What makes the difference in Cuba is the people. You'll find interesting cities, history, nice beaches etc. in lots of places, but nowhere in the world are there people like Cuba has.
When I went on a family trip, my sister and I packed an extra suitcase and filled it with school supplies -- pencils, markers, paper, etc. We also packed lots of makeup etc. for the maid who worked on our room.
We made a special trip into the town (Varadero) and found an elementary school and asked if we could drop off some supplies. They were really nice, and gave us a tour of the school...I made some of my 4x5 portraits on that tour (my gallery has a shot of twin boys posing before an image of Che) and overall it was a great way to talk to real people, without politics.
I also made a point of getting addresses of people I photographed, and offered to send them prints. I got a letter back from the school principal, and the warmth and gratitude of that letter is one of my fondest memories of that time.
Every place has politics, but it's up to you as a photographer to make your own images. Cuba offers something unique...at least it still does, anyway.
"Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, you're a mile away and you've got their shoes."
Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart.
He was 33 when the construction of the first reactor at Juragua began in 1983.
Most of his family on the mother side end up in Miami and two cousins -one was and one is- serving in the US Congress, BTW.
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