Back to Cuba

I am back in Cuba for I don’t know which time. It will be great to see how much this contradictory country has changed since I visited Cuba in November last year. I bet it’s significant changes. As I am writing this I have still not left Norway, but I know that internet is not working very well in Cuba—if at all—so I am just being ahead of the reality, which by the time you read this, has attained me. This also means that I will be away from the blog sphere the next week or so. No comments and no response from me in other words. But I’ll soon be back again.

Appropriately enough, only few days before I set of to Cuba one of my Cuban photos were part of the 4th Berlin Foto Biennale opening on October 6th. It’s the photo above that I was invited to join with. Of course, I would have like to be present during the opening, but sometimes you can’t get it all.

I wish you all creative week.


71 thoughts on “Back to Cuba

  1. Heck, I’m in Arkansas, and the wifi wouldn’t let me in to my WordPress drafts last night without kicking me off the internet. I’m hoping to find a way to troubleshoot and solve that today. Bon voyage, and happy internet to you!

  2. I’ve been looking at a lot of photos lately and have framing on my mind. When do you think it is beneficial to cut off a part of the subject? In this photo you cut off the top of the church when if you had wanted to, you could have included it. I understand that it is usually to emphasize something but sometimes I see heads cut off at strange places etc. What is your take on this?
    Have a productive and inspirational trip!

    1. It’s a good question you bring to the table, and I don’t have a clear answer. I usually do it very intuitively. In the end I think it comes down to aesthetics or composition. The question is simply; what works visually? And visually it can have many purposes. One is for instance to connect what’s within in the frame to the world outside. One can be to make something less prominent by cutting off a larger part of it. One can be to only give a hint of what’s there. As I wrote there is no one answer to your question. One thing, though, I am quite adamant about. I either cut the object clearly by the frame or I don’t. If an object just touches the edge or is just slightly cut, it looks arbitrary.

      1. Yes, I agree that there is no clear cut explanation or answer but I was hoping that you might have one! Thanks though. Are you consciously doing it?

        1. It’s really a hard question to answer, too, since my whole shooting process is done more unconsciously than not. I believe thinking too much while actually taking a photo disturbs the creative process. But of course on some level it’s still a conscious choice.

  3. excellent shot that tells the story of the changing times for Cuba.very symbolic of the lost hold the church had on the people. Changes ahead, hopefully for the better.

  4. What a gorgeous image, Otto. Safe travels to you and happy photo-hunting! I can’t wait to see Cuba through your eyes.

  5. I look forward to the photos you’ll share upon your return. You have such close relationships with the Cuban people, Otto, and I really enjoy seeing Cuba through your eyes…and camera! 🙂

  6. Have a wonderful time in Cuba, my dream destination. It’s just a matter of $$. I hope the introduction of Americans to Cuba doesn’t ruin the inherent beauty and culture.

  7. Cuba is going to experience a lot of changes. You are there at the right time. Enjoy the trip. We will hold the ‘Net together for you until you get back.

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