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Cuba Street Photography: Post 1: Five men just hanging

I’ve just got back from a trip to Cuba, a country I’ve been desperate to visit for sometime. Over ten years ago I travelled around South and Central America and fell in love with all things Latin American – the language, the music, the dancing, and the people. Cuba has all this and then it’s own interesting and controversial history. It lived up to and exceeded every expectation I had. The people, with their laid back warmth, were what really made it though.

It was also a photographer’s dream. When doing street photography I don’t like to feel I am “stealing” images, sneaking around and tricking people into having their pictures taken. But in many countries, street photography is not very welcome (The UK probably being one of the worst for this!). As someone who doesn’t particularly like the thought of appearing in someone else’s holiday snaps I sympathise (Whilst also acknowledging this is somewhat hypocritical!). But as a photographer I see the world through my lens (as my husband will attest to!) In Cuba the people not only gave me an acknowledging nod of “yes I’m ok with you and your camera” when I would give them a wee smile and point at my camera, but as if by magic they would  then proceed to just carry on with what they were doing with not a pose in sight – well, if you’ve ever tried street photography you will know this feels like a blessing! (I guess I shouldn’t really tell you this, perhaps I should be making out it’s dead hard!)

So, I thought I’d share a few of my images. I’ve started the editing process but have a lot more to get through in between client work  so I think I’ll share a few at a time. Hopefully you’ll want to come back for more!

Enjoy and as always, please do tell me which are your favourites!




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  • Jon Boyle - More evidence of the multi-talented CB! X

  • Dave - love the composition and subject matter. They look like postcards!!

  • Tina Gorman - fabulous Clare – just fabulous.

  • Clare @ Clare Breheny Photography - Thanks guys – so glad you like them!

  • Catherine Boyle - Amazing photos as ever Clare – the sepia tones work so so well! It’s whet my appetite to go and visit Cuba now… My favourite is the first picture I think – awesome! Cx

  • Hannah - Brings back great Cuban memories – fab pics!

  • Kevin Brown - Great shots Clare, love #4.

  • John - Clare
    Love the textures and tones in #4. Is this the real Bill Cosby?
    All Fantastic shots,as usual. Cxx

  • Nicky Lynn - Fantastic shots as always Clare. Really like the old guy sitting on the cobbled street.

  • Cuba Street Photography: Post 2: Balconies- Clare Breheny Photography Blog - Clare Breheny Photography » Clare Breheny Photography - […] I’ve finally found a spare pocket of time to go back to my images shot in Cuba this year and prepare some more for the next blog instalment. If you missed the first instalment (or your memory doesn’t go back that far – it has been a while!) it can be found here:  five men hanging […]

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