I am late in posting this amazing work created by students of The Passionate Photographer Workshop – Havana Edition. Finally, I have caught up and will be posting a slideshow a day from the three recent workshops beginning with our May 2016 adventure.
Havana is a place I have had the privilege to visit many times and I’m looking forward to going back with workshop crews beginning in December. My colleague Juan Carlos Ocana has many relatives in Havana and says the city is doing well under the circumstances. But the island country is suffering like so many Caribbean islands in the path of the hurricanes. For Cuba, it is was Irma which caused the most damage– the first Category 5 hurricane to hit their since 1937, bashing her way across a two-hundred mile swath of northern coastline.
Those who have been to Havana know that there is beauty and danger in the decaying architecture of the city. The Malecon saw swells of more than 30 feet smash against the retainer wall and spill over, flooding streets. Buildings collapsed, water and power was down and ten people lost their lives. It’s going to be a while before Cuba, especially some of the hardest hit areas in the North, recover.
Our venue in Havana is the beautiful Parque Central Hotel and it was not damaged. Cuba needs the support of the tourism industry more than ever to help repair the damage. Before our next workshop, I will find out how we can help and pass that on to participants. Will post more student work from Havana tomorrow.