Cuba Street Photography

Before Obama

Cuba, 2016, just before Obama visited

Cuba was a wonderful experience. I travelled with the same friends as the Myanmar / Burma Street Photography trip last year; Kristian Leven, Matt Tyler and Sachin Khona. We worked hard and played hard; shooting at sunrise and sunset, and enjoying lunch, cards and cocktails during lunch and the evening.

Adventures such as these are the kind that are written permanently into memory; the laughter, the friendship, the people and the miles (upon miles) walked. I made no plans each day, no set destinations or ideas as to what to shoot. I kept an open mind (and heart) and wandered the streets, following excitement and intuition. An incredibly liberating experience.

The final shot of the set is especially memorable. I was watching/shooting some kids jumping into the water (from very high up!), laughing with them when one of them asked to hold my camera and started to impersonate myself, shooting his friends and saying 'Gracias! Ola! Ola!' (my limited Spanish!). He captured the moment I pulled my iPhone out to grab a quick selfie to remember the experience by.

All photographs are spontaneous (including the old boxer and the young Muhammad Ali). No Photoshop (whatsoever), and minimal editing only (a slight contrast boost).

Fun times indeed. Until next year!

P.S. Take a careful look at the photograph of the guy digging. There's a glitch in the matrix! In fact I invite you to look deeply into each photograph, there are usually multiple layers and/or hidden surprises.

P.S.S. All shots (bar three) taken with the Nikon D750 (Amazon UK) and 35mm 1.8 lens (Amazon UK).

Cuba Street Photographer

Cuba Street Photographer

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damian

Bloody hell Ross you’ve done it again. Like looking through a Magnum Book! Love the early one of the woman shielding her eyes with the illustration of a pair of mans eyes behind her. Love all the reflections and transparencies, real Saul Leiter stylee! What ratio (%) looking through view finder or on tilt screen on the D750

DavidOne

Great use of light – fantastic work !
David

Albert Palmer

Goddamit Ross! Stunning frames – how do you see this stuff?!

Steve Fuller

Epic images Ross. So many favourites but the one with the hand prints on the wall with the dog in the far background made me smile!

Nadine van Biljon

Each one of these images is truly captivating Ross…I was intending on having a quick flick through, but each one stopped me in my tracks and I couldn’t help but study them! Amazing work Mr Harvey!!!

Nick Parker

Out of this world Ross. Wow wow wow. Love them all

Sergio

Ross, I’d like to send you huge compliments! I follow you already for some years and I know how good wed photographer you are but more and more I’m starting to believe you’re even a better street photo master. I enjoyed a lot every single one of them, what a great set of skills for composition, anticipation and creativity, congrats man. The only regret I have for you is that it usually takes a long time between your posts, share more smile emoticon

PS: Thanks for being a continous inspiration. When I review my own work I can definitely appreciate your influence.

Un abrazo!

Nik

Really inspiring observational work here Ross. Love the low image of the boys playing football. Visited Cuba back in 2004. Fantastic place, full of wonderful people. Nice work.

Miroslav Hristoff

Great juxtaposition and relation! Especially the one with the red and the yellow sign is my favorite!

Toni Darcy

Ross you are insanely awesome! These are ridiculously good! xx

Dom

I’ve been looking forward to these. Stunning work as always, my personal favourite is the horse shadow but so many great ones.

Tony Sale

Amazing set of images, very impressed would love to know how you work.

Gert van der Plas

Ross I have seen so many pictures and series about Cuba.
But this is…. searching for the right words… mind blowing, great …and more…I don’t know. Can’t find the right words. As I professional wedding photographer myself I know that even simple looking photo’s aren’t simple making. But your photo’s even doesn’t look simple so that tells enough. The story, the composition, the light, the moments…. I’am jalous, serious.
Great job, and I meant every word.

Philip

I have to say it, there are some C-B like shots here. I would guess he was an influence? Tremendous work.

Rob

What a cracking set of photos. This looks like it was one hell of a trip and you’ve documented it brilliantly.

Aiden Clarke

Lovely atmospheric compositions

Anna

What else can I say? Compelling, great work, I could go on. Above all, thank you for inspiring me.