National Geographic publishes 25 captivating pictures of Cuba

Posted: 31-Jan-19 10:13

An online publication by National Geographic documents Cuba with a series of stunning pictures illustrating the country´s many faces. From untouched landscapes, dramatic rural settings, spectacular beaches, iconic imagery, political rallies and candid urban beauty to the quirks of daily life, traditional celebrations and classic cars, of course! Here we revisit the places they shot and tell you a bit more of the moments they captured, most of which you can experience on a Cuba holiday.

National Geographic publishes 25 captivating pictures of Cuba

the juxtapositions of old and new, and of course, classic cars, lots of vintage yank tanks of all shapes, sizes and colours…and when it comes to colour, the brighter the better!

Yet, there is one recent publication in National Geographic that with its selection of “25 Captivating Pictures of Cuba” shows a bigger, fuller picture of the island, reaching far beyond pretty colonial cities to include lush countryside landscapes, from plantations to stunning lagoons blanketed with aquatic plants to sunset ceremonies in old fortresses, hazy images of early-morning countryside living, cigar-smoking men clad in traditional guayaberas, political rallies, daily life in “solares”, make-shift barbershops, the views from a casa particular’s room, provincial life in small sleepy towns full of character and charm, idyllic beaches and dancing, lots of dancing in true Cuban fashion.

In this immaculate collection that could easily be retitled as “25 things to look out for during your Cuba holiday” there are beautiful dew-filled early morning shots (especially in the countryside), sultry sunset shots, late evening shots and night shots, all of which help tell a different story.

All 25 photographs are captioned to help viewers fully immerse in what they’re seeing, from old men playing dominoes (Cuba’s second national sport after baseball) to a stormy day in El Malecon, splashing the passing cars as they ride along. Cuba’s incredible fauna in Jardines del Rey and Jardines de la Reina is also present in this collection, with the endemic Cuban crocodile featuring prominently in one image and silky sharks being the target shot upclose in another. All of which helps paint the picture of Cuba’s healthy ecosystem, one of the healthiest in the Caribbean.

And, of course, there’s more than one photo in that Top 25 selection by National Geographic showcasing classic cars (they can be seen in at least 10 of them) from all angles and distances, including from inside the vehicles and showing the view of drivers.

So, what you get in this selection is Cuba in a nutshell, with vivid images of what life is really like in the Caribbean’s most vibrant, most fascinating island of all. My only critique is that perhaps music and dancing is a little unrepresented, with both being an intrinsic part of Cubans’ daily life it should have featured more prominently, in far more photographs. They should have captured the many impromptu street dancing performances that Cubans are so fond of engaging in, the traditional musicians roaming streets and restaurants, the energetic salsa bands, or the incredible jazz performances by talented award-winning artists. All in all, National Geographic’s “Top 25 captivating pictures of Cuba” helps round up a truthful, compelling image of Cuba, but something’s missing, to understand Cuba you have to understand that music and dancing are at the core of it all.


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