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Cuba Calling

I went to Cuba on vacation and I arrived on the island knowing what we all know: Communism, Bay of Pigs, Castro. I had no assignment and no intention of waking up early each day to shoot photos. But I did. Simply put, Cuba kept surprising me. For an island whose past is so well documented, whose future sparks so much speculation, I found myself taking pictures everywhere because I felt as though Cuba’s best story may lie in being there now. There in its emergence from a half century of isolation. There in its rising (and crumbling) architecture. In its resilience and failures. The surprises kept coming. The resulting photographs became a 12 page photo essay in the April 2013 issue of ISLANDS magazine as well as a video presentation

Afro Cuban music at the Palenque de los Congos Reales, Trinidad, Cuba

Afro Cuban music at the Palenque de los Congos Reales, Trinidad, Cuba

by Ian Lloyd