- Taking it all in.Cuba in the 90’s... the last of the batch of photos I just came across of my trips to Cuba during the Special Period. This was just a few years after the Soviet Union collapsed and many wondered if the Cuban government could survive the loss of its largest trading partner. Now 20 years later some worry that Cuba is returning to those days of rationing and shortages as the crisis in Venezuela and the Trump administration’s sanctions take their toll.Some more of my photos from Cuba in the 90’s. I am enjoying rediscovering these images which have been boxed up for over a decade. Has Cuba changed much? Well back then the Soviet Union had just collapsed, there was no internet, news of the outside world trickled in slowly and the island was about as hermetically sealed as any place on Earth. There were only a handful of international flights each week. I got bumped from a Cubana flight to Nassau and had to wait three days for the next one. On my first trip I told people I was Canadian for the first hour or so. That’s how long it took me to realize that most Cubans loved Americans, even if they had never met one before. I left with a bag full of letters for people’s families in the States.Cuba in the 90’s.... Helping my Mom pack up and move this week in the US and I came across a box of some of my first photos I took of Cuba in the mid 1990’s. A treasure trove of memories, some photos that I took with my old Nikon F that worked, many more that didn’t and my first glimpse of a country that got into my blood immediately. More to come...A commando stands guard inside the court house in Santo Domingo where the suspects that police say plotted to kill famed Dominican baseball player David Ortiz face charges.@cubajournal in our favorite Old Havana coco spot. Have to love the seats made from a bath tub cut in two.The Norwegian Sky, one of the last two cruise ships in Havana harbor, departs Cuba this morning ahead of a deadline by the Trump administration for US cruise lines to cease operations on the communist-run island by the end of the day Wednesday. Cruise lines are scrambling to reroute ships following the surprise announcement. It's true that cruise ships didn't do much to help the average Cuban but with their enormous pools, climbing walls, monster TV screens and abundant WIFI, they were a sign of a better future or a future. I saw countless Cubans come and take photos with their whole families in front of the cruises, marveling at them as if they were alien spacecrafts. The ships were a rare connection to the US that is now gone. I know Cubans that are pro-government and Cubans that are anti-government. I have never met a single Cuban that didn't want Americans to visit. We are their neighbors.The end of Cuba... visiting Punta Maisí last year. There is something incredible about reaching that last bit and looking out at only ocean.Kite weather.Me and the sea.Old Havana dance performance.Very excited for the publication of a book of photography by my friend @garyhershorn. Gary’s talent for finding the perfect shot is only matched by his love for New York City. He has explored nearly every corner of the city and day after day comes up with the most stunning images. This is his best work which says a lot. The link for Gary’s book is below and in my bio. www.newyorkcelestial.comFrom the last time I visited Santiago de Cuba.Don’t mind us.Happy Mother’s Day to supermom @cubajournal, always cool and calm despite the hurricane around us.A march against homophobia went forward Saturday despite being suddenly cancelled by the Cuban government. Every year a government organization run by Mariela Castro holds a pro-LBGTQ “conga” but this year after the government failed to include gay marriage in the new constitution, the activity was suspended because officials said they feared “foreign interference.” The march went ahead though with a heavy police presence and I witnessed a handful of arrests. UPDATE: Police stopped the march at Prado and Malecón and refused to let people go any further. Not clear what led to the first arrests when it was a peaceful march without any anti-government activity. Organizers say at least seven people were taken into custody.Balancing act.Looking out from the Teatro Alicia Alonso.Catching the fish is the easy part.The photo is straight, the lifeguard stand not so much.
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Documenting my long and complicated move from Seattle, WA to Havana, Cuba