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Our Man In Havana

Ready, aim – aw, shoot!

During the past 30 days or so, I’ve guided three, week-long trips across Cuba. Somehow, by luck, either good or bad, I missed both the tornado that hit near Havana, and the meteor strike that hit Vinales in western Cuba. The tornado was a deadly disaster, but the news guy in me kinda wishes I[…]

Turnabout is fair play for photographer

So, are y’all getting tired of seeing all of these photos from the Jose Marti event last month? If so, I apologize, it’s just that it has been so long since I’ve photographed something new and different for the newspaper. Put on by The Studios of Key West and O, Miami, the Jose Marti birthday[…]

Returning from Cuba is a trip in itself

As much as I love going to Cuba, getting there is not “half the fun,” it’s actually a drag when you have to go through Miami. Having said that, as usual, it’s the coming back that is the real drag. You know, you’re tight on cash, a little burned out, and ready to sleep in[…]

On the road again ….

How many times am I going to do this? With months and months of notice before the next Cuba trip, I buy new camera gear, download new salsa tunes and buy gifts for the better part of the Cuban population. But for some unknown reason, I subconsciously refuse to write one of these columns ahead[…]

Around the world with Jose Marti

No matter where you go in Cuba, you don’t have to search long to find a statue or, more likely, a bust of Cuban patriot Jose Marti. Most Cubans agree: Marti is their version of George Washington, and he earned that comparison. Born in Havana on Jan. 28, 1853, Marti was already a successful poet[…]

Strange Cuba captured

Ever since the proliferation of digital cameras, anyone with a cellphone is now considered a photographer. And while this is less than optimum for someone like me, it’s reality, so the quest to create unique photos is one that must never end. When it comes to Cuba, this is incredibly obvious, too. I mean, how[…]

Christmas in the Caribbean

Among the many differences between the U.S. and Cuba, Christmas has an interesting history on the island. Prior to the Cuban Revolution, the holiday was similarly celebrated, but when Fidel Castro took power on Jan. 1, 1959, things started to change rapidly. By 1962, the country was deemed atheist and in 1969, it was officially[…]

Tourists, YouTubers and vloggers … Oh my!

The new year will be, among other things, the 20th anniversary of my first trip to Cuba. Looking back, I would have never suspected the obsession that soon followed. A random, three-night jaunt by way of Miami and Nassau to Havana was supposed to be a quick photo safari after hearing so many Key Westers[…]