Sunday, February 22, 2015

Titus Heagins -- Photography Workshop in Cuba

Distinguished North Carolina photographer Titus Heagins is organizing a Photography Workshop in Cuba, departing April 21, returning April 29, 2015.

The workshop is being called Cuba: An Insiders Experience, and will feature instruction by Cuban photographers. 

Participants will have the opportunity to experience and photograph Cuba during a time of rapid economic and cultural change, from the perspective of those who know the country, its people, and its culture. 

The Workshop, according to Heagins, provides “a unique opportunity to work alongside notable Cuban photographers and for immersion in the daily life of Cubans as they work, play, and worship.” 

The Workshop includes excursions to various communities in Havana, as well as into the Cuban countryside and along the beach. Sessions will include evening as well as daytime shoots. 

 I can say from personal experience that Heagins is not only a splendid photographer, but a thoughtful and patient teacher, just the person I would want to enable me to make the most of this truly exciting cross-cultural opportunity.  

Heagins has been photographing in Cuba since the 1990's, so he has the experience, contacts, and language skills to  make this a truly once-in-a-lifetime photographic experience.  

One of the other photographers on the trip will be Aldeki Arias-Ramirez, who was born in Santiago de Cuba and who currently makes his home in Raleigh, NC where he works as a freelance photographer.  

These folks will use their contacts in Cuba to make this a real cultural exchange as well as a chance to photograph in a country so close to the USA yet so remote. 

Photographers on the trip will work alongside Cuban photographers, learning how their Cuban colleagues interact with their “fellow Cubanos, what they find important to include in the frame of the photograph for context, and how they avoid voyeurism, stereotypes, and exoticism of their countrymen.” 
Early registrants will also have the opportunity for home stays with families who agree to host visitors, providing an unparalleled access to the Cuban experience. Definitely worth checking out. For further information, go here:  

and have a wonderful trip.

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