Isla de la Libertad with Pavel Kosenko

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Jan 10, 2016 – Jan 19, 2016

Genre: Art, Genre, Street, Travel

The workshop has been completed

Manager: Karen Hovhannisian

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Photos of the workshop participants

Here you can view the photos, taken by the workshop participants. These are the best works, selected by the master in the process of joint discussions.


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© Edward Tsimerman

© Elena Misyutina

124 photos from 15 authors

Lead photographer

Pavel Kosenko

Colorist photographer. Devout color explorer and an author of numerous articles on photography and image processing. An author of The Living Digit book (published by Treemedia in 2013). A co-founder of the Fotoproekt, a chain of photolaboratories and a photoschool. An organizer and participant of a number of photo tours across Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East and other regions. An author of a very popular Russian blog on photography and travel.

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About the workshop

Cuba is a time machine. We will travel to the carefree fifties, before there was Internet and mobile phones and when people had enough spare time to just come every day to the seafront and dance. Glorious American vintage cars drive down city roads, rum is cheaper than water and five-cent pizza is the tastiest in the world. Life built on the philosophy of maniana is an ideal way to free your mind from the drumbeat of modernity. We are embarking on a hands-on workshop on art and street photography. Group work on creative assignments will culminate in an album of best pictures, and every participant is entitled to a copy.

You can take pictures at the trip’s shooting locations on your own or with the group leader as you prefer. Enough time will be allocated to make sure everyone gets a chance. Also expect several group reviews of pictures on a projector. You can have your portfolio reviewed as well.

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Day 1. Sunday, January 10th

Arrival by a direct Aeroflot flight from Moscow at 12:45 p.m. Check into hotel in the center of old Habana, rest and go on the first city walk.

Day 2. Monday, January 11th

We will spend the day strolling through Habana in small groups, taking pictures for the evening review. Dinner together.

Day 3. Tuesday, January 12th

Discuss pictures early in the morning, then we move out (in a shuttle rented for the next three days) to Cienfuegos. It is a short trip, and we will have the second half of the day, after checking into hotel and lunching, for a long walk through the city. It was founded by French rather than Spanish and it is considered one of the most beautiful sights on Cuba, with a place on the UNESCO Heritage list to boot.

Day 4. Wednesday, January 13

The same shuttle will carry us in the morning deeper into the island. Just an hour away lies Santa Clara, a city best-known as the place where Che Guevara fought the decisive battle of the Revolution. We will walk around, have lunch and go on to Trinidad, the city Velasquez founded back in 1514. It has not changed all that much. Our hotel is downtown so we can have a leisurely stroll in the evening city.

Day 5. Thursday, January 14th

Early morning will be dedicated to the third picture review, the rest of the day to exploration of Trinidad. Take your memory card’s fill of its narrow cobblestone alleys.

Day 6. Friday, January 15th

After we have exchanged our photo impressions, we will return to Havana. Check- in and a little siesta will be followed by a more extensive introduction to the capital’s evening entertainment, especially merry on a Friday.

Day 7. Saturday, January 16th

Expect an early transfer to the airport. We will take a short flight to Cayo Largo. Any fatigue you may begin to feel by the time we arrive will swiftly dissolve in the sea’s azure. We will rest and enjoy ourselves and socialize, talk about photography or anything else we feel like and simply lay back.

Day 8. Sunday, January 17th

Laying back continues after a regular picture review. Sometimes the best pictures are taken just when nothing is happening.

Day 9. Monday, January 18th

The morning flight will take us back to Habana. In this last day we can finish shooting whatever we might have missed before. In the evening – a farewell dinner.

Day 10. Tuesday, January 19th

We will sum up our experience on the trip in the morning and start packing for the flight to the cold, snow-whipped Moscow (at 2:55 p.m.)