New book details Cuba in pictures
Author Liz Cadogan will launch a new book at a talk at the library next week.
The book is a photographic essay of her trip to Cuba in 2014.
Cadogan said the original intention for her trip was to photograph old classic cars. The book, however, is so much more.
‘‘I fell in love and came home with a mass of street photography of Havana,’’ she said.
Cadogan spent three weeks photographing in the streets of the capital city, taking shots of people, their lives and activities.
She was amazed by the country’s ‘‘simplicity, friendliness and general aspect of wellbeing’’. ‘‘Their main streets have a similar set-out to Thames St but they didn’t have anything in the way of shops,’’ she said.
‘‘ There were no department stores. No malls. No fast-food outlets. Limited menus at restaurants. It took me ages to find an ATM. It was like stepping back in time.’’
It was a pleasure to meet the locals too, she said.
Cadogan did not know Spanish but said she was still able to communicate through means like hand gestures.
‘‘They were a very respectful people, lovely and friendly. I felt very safe.’’
Cadogan said it was nice to be in culture that had not been overly Americanised, though she was saddened by the prospect of the two countries relations mov- ing closer together.
‘‘It perturbs me that American influences will totally change them. They are looking forward to it, like the grass is greener on the other side.’’
Following her time in Cuba, Cadogan spent time in New York doing a photo comparison study. She also produced a classic car calendar from the photos she took of cars.
Cadogan hoped the talk at the library would encourage people to visit the country now, before it’s Americanised.
‘‘ Dozens of people have said [Cuba] is on their bucket list. ‘‘I think it’s such a unique country. It shouldn’t just be on a bucket list.’’
Hear Cadogan’s talk about her time in Cuba on Thursday, February 26, at the Oamaru Public Library at 6pm.
Back in time: A typical hairdressing salon in Havana highlights the difference between life in Cuba and life in New Zealand.
Hitting the streets: Liz Cadogan said it was typical to see children playing in the streets of Havana.