Havana is a city that beats to an animated heartbeat. Life is very much so lived on the streets and rooftops, where locals and visitors mingle freely. It was everything that I imagined and more. My sole regret is only having a few days to immerse myself in this kaleidoscopic wonder. Tourism has become vital to Cuba's existence and one would hope to think that we can give back as much as we get out of the experience. Cubans are a very warm and affectionate people and as a US citizen, I felt welcomed with an open heart and mind.
Coming from a photographic background I am new to videography but am falling head over heels with it. There is nothing more satisfying than the beginning stages of discovering a new passion, even with all the stumbling blocks and frustration that come along with learning new things. I am so thankful that times have changed and it is becoming more affordable for people to dabble with and share their ideas.
Most footage was shot with the remarkable Panasonic GH2, yet to be hacked:) Photos were shot with the Nikon D7000. This was edited with Final Cut Pro X and Motion.
Music creds: Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba, Chan Chan by Compay Segundo.
If you would like to see more of my Cuban video experience, please see my Timeless Temptress video filmed in the very beautiful and lush tobacco valley of Vinales located west of Havana in the Pinar Del Rio province.
To see my photographic journey from the trip, please visit:
Additional footage shot by Tom Karakowski. To view his Foto Fantastic Cuba, a photo-based heart thumping rendition of his Cuban experience, visit: