Explore Your Creative Spirit In Cuba
See Cuba from beyond the tourist veil.
"Richard Martin’s intelligent and caring workshop philosophy is based on a great deal of experience, both as participant and instructor. The creativity of his vision, images, and teaching is inspiring."
What You'll Do
See The Authentic Side Of Cuba
This January we will be departing from the regular program and looking behind the scenes and beyond the obvious, with a small group of passionate photographers. A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet Ramses H. Batista, a brilliantly talented Cuban photographer, at a portfolio print review in Havana. This past January I had the opportunity to work with Ramses exploring the more private side of Havana. From that point on I wanted to explore what I consider the “real or authentic side” of Cuba. To search well beyond the tourist veil, and into the nooks and crannies of Havana and Trinidad ordinarily reserved for the citizens themselves.
Explore Cobblestone Streets
This tour offers the photographer a unique opportunity to discover both Havana and one of the island’s crown jewels-the colourful city of Trinidad, with it’s red-tiled roofs and cobblestone streets. Havana, the pulse of Cuba, is an eclectic mixture of old and new, crumbling and restored. Each morning Richard and Ramses will accompany you on a pre-breakfast photo shoot. Although there is no strenuous exercise involved in this itinerary, there is lots of walking on uneven cobblestoned streets.
Witness The Haunting Beauty of Colonial Havana
Photograph the hauntingly beautiful 16th and 17th century streets of colonial Havana-its people, architecture, and atmosphere. Placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1982, old Havana remains the most authentic colonial city in the Americas. Discover this magical place and experience an island frozen in time.
Enjoy Cuban Hospitality
Enjoy the hospitality of the Cubans and their families, directly in their homes. Our accommodations will be in private air-conditioned homes, with private bathrooms (no sharing). Immerse yourself in the collective warmth of their embrace, something not seen at the busy hotels. We will have access to Ramses photography studio in the heart of central Havana.
Soak In The Colourful Surroundings
Throughout the week, we will take advantage of the remarkable natural light and colourful surroundings Havana and Trinidad has to offer. Participants will benefit from group discussions, critiques, and one-on-one time with the instructors—all of which will help to take their work in new directions.
What Our Participants Say
“My photography journey has benefitted tremendously from Richard's generosity in sharing his creative vision and skill, which combined with his love of humour and fun makes learning a cinch.”
– Alice Yen Yong
“Richard Martin, along with Freeman Patterson liberated my generation of Canadian photographers from the rule-bound shackles of camera club tradition.”
– Larry Monczka
“The reason I travel with Richard as often as possible is because I know I will be inspired, I know I will be pushed to see differently, I know I will be challenged creatively and I know I will laugh… a lot.”
– Sally Harris
“It was great to have the opportunity to travel with Richard and see his exceptional eye for color, shape and texture in action. He has a wonderful gift.”
– Jim Graham
“[Richard] is truly a born teacher, always available to participants, and I always go home not only having had a good time but feeling that I have grown creatively.”
– Mary Macey Butler
“What impresses me is that how [Richard] "sees." There were times on the trips that he saw pictures in the midst of chaos. He is very approachable, has a great sense of humour and just plain good company both while photographing or socializing. He takes photography and teaching to another level that I have not seen from other professionals.”
– Gene Morita
Meet Your Teachers
Ramses H. Batista founded the AMOS Project in 2011, where he teaches workshops for amateur photographers, adolescents, and people with special educational needs. His passion and commitment to art and teaching have made collectors, gallery owners, and publishers in Cuba, Europe, and the United States recognize his work as an important part of Cuban photography. His work explores the expressive possibilities of artistic nudes, poetic storytelling, contemplation and formal experimentation.
A good instructor should have the ability to move people – connecting them with their emotions. Reinforcing to participants the fact that fine images are made with their hearts and souls not their thousand-dollar lens.
Qualities That Make A Good Instructor
Some of the qualities which contribute to a good instructor include:
- Instructors should be deeply committed to the process of making images, while possessing honesty and integrity in their own work.
- They should encourage individual ways of seeing and expressing, and should NEVER impose their own views on students.
- One who enjoys sharing their knowledge, without ego! – this aspect is very important. One who is always accessible to participants, being available for assistance, and dividing time fairly between students.
- One who can guide participants on a voyage of personal rediscovery, opening up doors and helping students reflect on the special qualities that dwell within them.
What You'll Learn
Thursday, January 12th - Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Day 1: Thursday, January 12th
Travel day for participants to arrive in Cuba, and depending on the arrival time, you will have a short briefing and lunch. Meet your “family” for the next 4 days.
Note: The following days will include optional early morning outings, each day before breakfast. An opportunity to to explore the streets at an easy unhurried pace and make images in the beautiful morning light.
Day 2: Friday, January 13th, Havana
The following days include a combination of or walking the streets of Old Havana and Trinidad (or taking cabs were necessary), making images of boxing, Ballet dancers, a body building gym, the Afro-American Cuban Dance Troupe, a music school, a photo shoot at one of Havana’s oldest mansions and the possibility of going backstage at the Cuban Ballet Theatre (if a performance is taking place during our time in Havana), as well as ample discussion time with the instructors.
Day 3: Saturday, January 14th, Havana
Day 4: Sunday, January 15th
Depart for Trinidad, the UNESCO world heritage site. Your homes will be in the heart of the colonial city, everything within walking distance.
Day 5: Monday, January 16th, Trinidad
Day 6: Tuesday, January 17th, Trinidad
Day 7: Wednesday, January 18th, Trinidad
Day 8: Thursday, January 19th, Return to Havana
Day 9: Thursday, January 20th
Our last full day in Havana. Tonight will be our final night which will include a farewell dinner before departing on your journey home the following morning.
Day 10: Friday, January 21st
Departure day to catch flights home.
Enrolment for tour is limited to 10 participants.
Our tour itinerary has been designed specifically for serious photographers, to ensure that more concentrated time is spent in the most photogenic areas. In addition to individual attention in the field, time will be spent reviewing participants work while learning digital workflow and visual design. Instruction is kept flexible to accommodate a changing itinerary and varying skill levels of the participants, and to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.
There will be an opportunity for informal review of work throughout the trip, from a technical, compositional and aesthetic point of view. There will also be free time to allow for personal exploration.
Dates and times are subject to change due to the rhythms of Cuban life. The small group size will allow us to move freely and naturally through Havana and Trinidad, traveling on foot or by taxi.
Cuba Photo Tour Pricing
- Personal Meet and Greet at the airport with transfers to your house.
- All lodging in private homes with breakfast included.
- Transportation within the city and to Trinidad.
- Photographic Instruction and feedback from both Richard Martin and Ramses Batista.
- 3 Lunches or dinners.
- Moderate tips for drivers, guides and the included meals.
- Any airfare, departure & airport taxes and fees, passport and visa services & fees.
- Baggage, equipment, medical and cancellation insurance.
- Tips for Host Families.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, taxi, excess baggage etc.
- Travel insurance and optional tours, etc.
- Cuban Medical Insurance (Compulsory for all unless medical insurance is bought in country of origin).
- Cuba Tourist Card (Included in flights from Canada).
- Cuban Departure tax of $25.
- Any additional gratuities outside of those specified above.
TERMS & CONDITIONS A NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $500.00 PER PERSON REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. Final Payment due 45 days before departure. ONCE FILE IS PAID IN FULL CANCELLATION PENALTIES APPLY. Cancellation 45 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DATE - DEPOSIT $500.00. 44 TO 31 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DATE - 50% of total cost. 30 DAYS TO ARRIVAL DATE - 100% of total cost.
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