I made my first journey to Cuba in 2013 and fell in love not only with the light of the island, but also the light of its people. A tropical paradise with a storied past—where intrigue, romance, and uncertainty are woven into the fabric of everyday life—Cuba is a potent, multilayered, multifaceted blend of contradictions: 50 years of socialism and newly approved private enterprise, relaxed Caribbean island culture and vibrant big-city life, chrome-laden vintage American cars from the 1940s and ‘50s juxtaposed with new Chinese taxis and tour buses. These images reflect the elements of Cuba I have come to love.
Carrie McCarthy is a writer, creative director, photographer and very occasional actor based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Carrie moved to the land of prairie dogs in 2001, after time spent in Chicago, New York and Moscow. She is the Marketing Creative Director for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the founder of Santa Fe Women in Photography, and the cofounder of New Mexico Girls Make Movies. She also works as a set photographer on local film and theater productions.