Romanticised Cuba

PhotographerSarah Jenkins
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanySarah Jenkins Photography
City/CountrySydney, Australia
Photo DateOctober 2015
Technical InfoCanon 5D mk iii
Entry Description

Change is in the air in Cuba and no more so than Havana. It is a country on the brink of a new Cuba where huge number of tourists are flocking to see the country ‘before it all changes’ and becomes ‘Americanised’. There is a concern that the romanticised idea of ‘authentic’ vintage Havana will vanish. People want to ride in the 1950s American classic cars before they are all replaced by shiny new taxis, see the decaying colonial architecture before the inevitable restorations, and just immerse themselves in ‘the real’ Cuba before commercialism ruins this 1950’s time warp island. However, most local Cubans are more than ready for change in order to improve their daily lives, and wish to forgo the image of the vintage Havana dream that foreigners are rushing to see.

About Photographer

Sarah is a freelance photographer who lives in Sydney Australia, but her wanderlust for travel has taken her to all corners of the globe; to 115 countries and all seven continents. She shoots travel and portrait photographs on a freelance basis. Her interest in disappearing cultures takes her to some of the more remote parts of the world. Sarah's images have been awarded international photography awards. Sarah is also the director of SignaturePhoto Photography Courses - teaching short photography courses and tours; and SignatureBook - custom designed coffee table photo books.