Still Learning To See


I’m back from our travels in Cuba and have begun the process of sorting though 2300 photographs and millions of impressions I brought back. While I’d love to post the definitive analysis of the current socio/political scene in Cuba—perhaps something President Obama would use to prepare for his upcoming trip!—and accompany that with Pulitzer prize-winning photographs, I think it might be simpler and more honest to just give you my impressions over the next few posts along with a few of the fabulous images I saw. OK?

There is much I don’t know, and I believe Cuba is in good shape—literacy is over 99%, health care is 100% and free, there is virtually no hunger and all people have roofs over their heads, even if they are very humble. Children appear to be loved deeply in multigenerational families and old people are respected and cared for. Women hold equal footing to me as nearly as I could determine. There seemed to me to be a widespread and genuine pride in achievements of The Revolution. The Castro brothers are deeply respected. I left having seen what the United States has done over the past 70 years has done significant damage to these proud, resilient people. They are excited about Obama’s visit. Eliminating the embargo the United States has will have a large, and mostly positive, difference in the daily lives of Cuban people.

Now, on with the photographs. It was, in a word, orgasmic! First, yes, there are old cars. Who can resist! Some are wrecks that spew black smoke while others cater to tourists with chrome and shine. Having spend hundreds of hours under a ’55 Chevy long ago, my heart did jump just a bit! Here are a few.


With my longtime friend, David, at the glorious rear end of a ’59 Chevy.


Buick “portholes” forever! And that color!!


Oh those days of chrome and power!


And, of course, the Cubans have become masters at keeping these old beasts running, at least most of the time!


There will be more great photographs! Please come back for Cuban trees, colors, art, birds, people, buildings—oh so much so see!!

This entry was published on March 14, 2016 at 10:15 pm. It’s filed under John Snell, John Snell Photographer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

7 thoughts on “Cuba

  1. Joshua on said:

    John, that is so cool that you went to Cuba! That is high on my list of places to go. Enjoying all of your journeys through your lens. Love to you and the fam! -Joshua

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Dave Timmerman on said:

    John,I did not know you went to Cuba… Looking forward to learning and seeing more. Thanks. Dave

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

  3. Carole Naquin on said:

    Really, really nice car photos. Like Easter candy! How lucky you were to go to Cuba!

  4. Deborah Leu on said:

    I’m glad many important things seem to be going well for the Cubans. The car photos are great – even though as you know, I’m not much into cars. Very nostalgic memories of my youth, though. 🙂

  5. ehwfram on said:

    I’m not a car person either, but I do love these colors!

  6. Like a time machine for a classic car enthusiast!

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