Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified, fun yet maddeningly frustrating – Cuba is a country of indefinable magic.
Havana, the city once known as the “Paris of the Western Hemisphere” takes center stage Thursday, Sept. 29 at this month’s meeting of the “Los Alamos & Santa Fe People Who Love Travel” Meetup. This month’s presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be given at the ProjectY community space at 150 Central Park Square in Los Alamos. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Havana pulses like no other city in the world in its surreal present state – straddling between socialism and capitalism, decay and glamour, riotous colors and melancholy interiors, and racing in many opposite directions due to its arrested development toward an uncertain future. Thanks to U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro and the reestablishment of diplomatic and business ties, Cuba is once again an island of light and song and hope.
To bear witness and be present for a nation rocketing forward on the winds of change is every photographers dream. Reid Callanan, New Mexico photographer and director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, has made more than a dozen trips to Havana since 2010. Callanan will present images from this destination’s tropical beauty and its indefatigable people and talk about his experiences in the enigma known as Cuba.
The “Los Alamos & Santa Fe People Who Love Travel” Meetup is a group for people in the area who love to travel, chat about travel, learn about destinations and travel experiences, and plan future trips. Membership is free and anyone can join. A regular feature of the group is a monthly meeting that alternates between Santa Fe and Los Alamos locations and features travel-related presentations. The group invites anyone who wants to share their experiences with a destination or travel experience to apply to present at a future meeting.