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Streets of Havana with Peter Ferguson

Streets of Havana with Peter Ferguson

A Review by Nick Janic –

Peter Ferguson provided us with a wonderful tour through the streets of Havana, from the Old Town to the New, taking the viewer on a lively journey with his photography, captured over four years of visits to Cuba.

Peter, an avid nature photographer, documents his journey into the world of street photography with an exploration that starts with the car culture of Cuba. Havana provides a beautiful backdrop, with a unique mix of a cars that appear to be frozen in time and a Latin culture full of joy and emotion. Colonial Spanish architecture provides an interesting texture to the images, with cars from the 40s, 50s and 60s as the stars of the show around every corner.

The colours in Peter’s images pop out of the screen, drawing the viewer deeper into the nooks and crannies of the old town. Peter weaves a story that moves from cars, to architecture, to street art and finally to the people, with comparisons from one year to the next, showing how the old town has evolved over the years, while also taking us to the untouched historical spots enjoyed by Ernest Hemingway, one of the best story tellers of modern times.

Peter completes his own story telling with a visit to New Havana, which provides an excellent wrap up of his exploration of Cuban culture. The story telling is always interesting, with a combination of personal stories, photography tips, and advice on how to navigate through Cuba and interact with the locals in a respectful manner, which can be difficult to accomplish with street photography.

We are left with a promise of more chapters to be written as travel picks up again, and we can’t help but look forward to seeing how Cuba has changed over the last few years.

Thank you Peter for an interesting and inspiring presentation.

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