Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Cuban car covered in water droplets late at night, in the streets of Cuba.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Cuban car covered in water droplets late at night, in the streets of Cuba.

With an abundance of colorful subjects from landscapes to cityscapes, wildlife (think lizards, pink flamingos), and people (the streets are filled with a myriad of characters), Cuba is truly a photographer’s paradise. And with destination flights now open in the US, the island and its vibrant culture are now more accessible than ever. I had the chance to explore the country last year, and was amazed not only by the setting, but by the people and history as well. One interesting facet of the nation’s development lingers on the streets in the form of the now-trademark classic cars of Cuba. These antique roadsters, from Buick’s to Ford’s to Chrysler’s, now serve as both a point of pride for their owners and an interesting glimpse of the tangible repercussions of the Cuban government. I recently chatted with Jim Harmer of Improve Photography about these cool cars and other highlights of the trip. Listen to the podcast here.

Cuba, Havana. Front image of lime green Cuban car parked on the street.
Cuba, Havana. Front image of lime green Cuban car parked on the street.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Blue old Cuban car driving in the streets of Havana.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Blue old Cuban car driving in the streets of Havana.
Boca de Guama, Cuba, Criadero de Cocodrilos. Image of front view of old Cuban car.
Boca de Guama, Cuba, Criadero de Cocodrilos. Image of front view of old Cuban car.
Cuba, Town of Playa Larga. Man taking care of old Cuban car.
Cuba, Town of Playa Larga. Man taking care of old Cuban car.

 

Cuba, Havana. Local man starting vintage car.
Cuba, Havana. Local man starting vintage car.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Classic car driving the streets of Old Havana.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Classic car driving the streets of Old Havana.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Front view of old, vintage Cuban car.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Front view of old, vintage Cuban car.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Front view of old, vintage Cuban car.
Cuba, Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Front view of old, vintage Cuban car.
Cuba, Trinidad, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vintage blue car parked on side of road.
Cuba, Trinidad, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vintage blue car parked on side of road.

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Join me as I return to Cuba for hands-on photography instruction tours in January!