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Photography and text by Geoff Scott
In March 2016, travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens had eased after decades of restrictions. I was fortunate to go on a photography trip arranged by the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with other photographers – professionals, professors, students, and amateurs. The mix of people was perfect to explore this previously hard-to-see place. As I had been hoping, the colors of Cuba further opened my artistic eyes to using color in my photography. Seeing the people and places and textures in that wonderful Caribbean light encouraged me to explore the variety of colors and how they could be used visually.
The trip was one week long, mainly in the environs of Havana. The people were friendly and eager to converse with Americans. Strangely, the visit felt like a moment in history, a moment outside of the present, and a moment glimpsing a better future.
I only brought a single lens on this trip, a new Canon 24-105/f4. It was perfect for walking around. With this lens, I could stand across a street framing up a scene and waiting for a scene to unfold, or I could take closer portraits of people in the scene. It was a good challenge to just be in the moment using the tool available.
Geoff Scott explores structure and form and figure in photography. And since the visit to Cuba, that exploration has increasingly included color. More of his work can be found on his website.