CUBA - Street Level Photographs is a story in pictures of the Cuban people and their country. It records my travels, by bus, in January 2009 from coast to coast, beginning in Havana, then to Vinales, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba and finally, Baracoa.
These documentary images combine the immediacy and vitality of photojournalism with a flare of fine art. I attempt to seize unguarded moments in the lives of the Cuban people, and to capture Cuba’s lively cityscapes and raw landscapes. Many of the images are candid, while others are consciously composed using the available light to create a more artistic shot.
Several images were collected using a shutter release cable, which allows me to take photos while appearing to be a passer-by on the street. The camera hangs around my neck at stomach level, with the shutter release cable attached. I activate the shutter release using a button hidden in my pocket, to record the moment in all its spontaneity. I used the Canon 5D, as well as the smaller Canon G10 for more discreet situations.
Josh Manring travels to unexpected corners of the globe, capturing rich stories through images to reveal the dramatic intersection between humans and nature. Since 1998, Josh has explored over 50 countries and has published five photographic books. Josh’s passions for travel and photography merged on his first visit to Western Europe, following his graduation from Rollins College with a BA in International Relations. This trip laid the foundation for a lifetime of adventure and documentary photography, but it was a yearlong expedition to South America and Africa that compelled Josh to share his stories. These stories, as interpreted through images, are the purest reflection of his travel experiences. Through photography, Josh not only shares his journeys, but also hopes to inspire others to explore their own passions. Visit www.JourneymanGallery.com for more information.