Cuba Unfiltered: An Immersive Journey from Havana to Trinidad

Cuba Unfiltered: An Immersive Journey from Havana to Trinidad

touched down in
late at night. The airport doors flung open to reveal a
world heavy with the smell of petrol and an atmosphere of organised
chaos. The street lights were faint but the car horns were loud. My
senses were pounded on all fronts. It was incredible.

Broadly speaking
can be done in two ways. Option A, is to start in Havana
for a couple of nights and then move on to Varadero – a resort town
on the Hicacos Peninsula in which all-inclusive spa hotels and golf
courses give way to white-sand beaches.

Option B (which we opted for) is to discover “the real Cuba”.
Travelling from the capital to the luscious valleys of Viñales, we
stayed with local hosts in casa particulars and explored new towns
along the way. “Hola” and “buenos dias” only got me so far – should
you follow this route, bring a phrasebook. Luckily my amigos were
fluent in Spanish, which meant we got to know our hosts on a
personal level.

In this photo series I wanted to depict an unfiltered take on
everyday life in this amazing country through a combination of
candid portraits and landscape scenes from Havana, Viñales,
Trinidad and the Bay of Pigs.

While I’m sure that Cuban resorts can provide a great escape, I
was glad to have immersed myself in this country as much as
physically possible – even if it did mean coming back even more
sleep-deprived than when I left.

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