When I went to Cuba recently, I took over 5000 still photos! In between I shot time lapse and video too. Not as much as I wished but a decent variety. As I spent my time there, talking with the people and shooting more street photography than I ever had before, it struck me. I wanted to turn some of my still images into a portion of the documentary and frame the entire story around “Faces of Cuba.”
One night, while processing the images, I came up with an idea for one way to present the portrait type photos of the people of Cuba. I mounted them on boards and then set up a studio shoot where I dropped them and filmed the drop. I practiced for two weekends and am pretty happy with the test. I will need more control when I do it again. But now I know what i did wrong!
One of the best ways I have found to incentivize myself to get things done is to publicly proclaim my goal. In this case, Ive created a trailer for my upcoming documentary and specifically state that it is “coming soon.” What’s a guy to do? Roll up your sleeves and dig in. So, you can look forward to me completing the project this Fall.
But now, my bags are packed and at the door for the next adventure: sailing on a mega yacht from Newport, RI out to the idyllic islands of Nantucket, Cuttyhunk and Martha’s Vineyard. Ive got more memory cards than I took to Cuba, a new camera and a strong intent to make a good sailing video!
I hope you will take, literally, just a minute to watch my “Faces of Cuba” trailer and would love to get feedback from anybody who has it!