Cuba: Seven in 10 will feature 10 photographic takes on Cuba from each shutterbug, representing our personal interpretations of Havana and Cuban culture as it is exists now before the American tourism rush. The end result? Cuba viewed by Seven in 10 frames each. This should make for a great photo book.
How long until Cuba's amazing culture is changed forever by this new influx of American dollars and influence? In many ways, the zeitgeist of Cuban culture is in its twilight before it enters a new phase as a destination for vacationing Americans.
Seven DC photographers, part of the DC Focused community, are traveling to Cuba this June 9-15 to capture the spirit of the island before the rush begins in earnest. Each photographer brings their own special view and focus to the island, and will provide their own unique interpretation of Havana and its surrounding lands.
The seven photographers in alphabetical order are Charles Butler of Union 206 Studios, Nana Gyesie, Dwight Jefferson, Geoff Livingston, Joe Newman of DC Focused, Pablo Raw, and Jon Sperling. Our team bios are below!
Our team has already traveled to Havana, and are now preparing our images. The trip was amazing, and this page already features the first few pics to emerge from our journey. No promises that these images will be included, but you can see that Cuba in its current state is an extremely visual place.
Charles Butler left the business world and launched commercial photography career in 2005. He opened Union 206 Studio in 2010 to provide affordable high end commercial space to visual artists. Now the studio has more than 400 members. His own work focuses on fashion and beauty with fantastical style. "I think of photography as a means to communicate in a way that words cannot. Whether representing a brand, a person, or an idea, as a photographer I feel my role is that of a messenger," said Charles.
Nana Gyesie is a street and documentary photographer who's perspective was shaped by his early years in Nigeria, formative years in Ghana, travel experiences around the world and his current home in the Washington DC area. More specifically, he aspires to the storytelling brilliance and social change effects of legends such as Sebastiao Salgado, Martin Parr, Malick Sidibe and others. You can find more about Nana at nanagyesie.tumblr.org, nanagyesiephotography.com, and instagram.com/nanagyesie.
Dwight Jefferson is a Washington, DC-based photographer whose main photographic interests include travel, architecture, and streetscapes. His interest in photography finds its basis in his childhood in Pittsburgh where the city’s development, rivers, hills, and ravines created a fascinating visual relationship between its natural and built environment. Dwight uses Washington’s vibrant, active and diverse cultural scene, historic architecture and neighborhoods, and myriad events as his subjects from which to create scenes and moments. Learn more about Dwight's photography at http://luzcontrolphotography.com.
Geoff Livingston is a renowned digital fundraiser, author and a professional photographer in the Washington, DC area. He has photographed President Barack Obama, Super Model Kendall Jenner, Actress Rosario Dawn, Actress Neve Campbell, Actress Gabrielle Union. Geoff’s fine art photography has been juried and accepted by the Art League and Del Ray Artisans into several exhibitions. His photography and photographic insights have also been featured in UK Magazine Digital Photographer, the Huffington Post, and Digital Photography School.
Joe Newman is a photographer, writer and media strategist based in Washington, D.C. He spent many years as a journalist and NGO communications director but left to follow his passion of telling stories with photography. Joe runs Focused Photo Adventures (and set up this adventure!) organizing trips and workshops for photo enthusiasts. He is also the founder and editor of DC Focused, a photo blog and community that chronicles life in D.C. He lives in D.C. with his wife and baby daughter. You can see more of his work on his website, Joe Newman Photography.
Pablo Raw is a wedding, portrait and family photographer based in the Washington, DC area. He is the team photographer for the DC Rollergirls, and an outstanding photographer of the human spirit. Pablo says that in his home country of Nicaragua there were many Cubans, and that he looks to see the similarities in the trip to Cuba. You can learn more about Pablo's photography via his portfolio site.
Jon Sperling will join the project team in Cuba and contribute as a photojournalist. With the eye of a geographer and planner interested in the design of natural and imagined landscapes, Jon plans to capture los ritmos diarios de los Cubanos (the daily rhythms of Cuban life) through photo images. Jon tries to visually experience the world with fresh eyes to recapture a primal sense of awe and wonder at the diversity, complexity, simplicity, similarity, patterns and uniqueness of relationships.
What We Are Doing with the Funds
Monies are being used to 1) pay for the photo books and 2) defray and hopefully totally pay for our travel and equipment costs.
Risks and challenges
Risks include hurricanes in June, other forms of bad weather, injury and any other mishaps that can occur on a trip. Between seven of us there will surely be enough images to make for a great photo book.
Printing will be accomplished via Blurb and we are looking at an 801-00 page 8x10 book. Learning how to use Blurb is a risk, but the project point -- Geoff Livingston -- has published five books in his career already.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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