was definitely one of those places I never thought I’d
visit, but I’m so glad that I did. It was an eye-opening
experience, a totally different world. I was there as a guest
photographer and after doing some research before my arrival I knew
I wanted to document anything and everything. The locals were all
so welcoming, which really put me at ease – especially when taking
the portrait shots.
After exploring its vibrant streets, my first impression of
Havana was that everything is so chilled. Everywhere you look there
are people hanging out and having a good time, just enjoying the
company of others. For me, the people are what make the country so
special; you can really see the love they have for their homeland.
I was privileged to experience so much of their culture in the form
of art, food and music and wasn’t disappointed. There’s not a bad
word I can say about my experience – other than how unlikely it
you’ll get a decent internet connection.
I would love to go back, it’s such a photogenic city filled with
so many good vibes. When you go to a different country you can feel
unanchored or lost, but this was not the case with Cuba. I felt so
welcomed and was surprised at the number of people who allowed me
to take their photograph.
Ope Odueyungbo shot for Havana Club Rum as part of the ‘Casa
Havana’ campaign in August 2016.