Please join me in welcoming Sarah from Travel with Me, as our new co-host on the Friendly Friday team. Ever since she discovered it, Sarah’s been a regular participant in our weekly challenge. I always look forward to Sarah’s posts which never fail to take me away to new and exotic places.
Sarah is introducing a novel twist to Friendly Friday. While Amanda & I will continue to post different & arbitrary challenge topics, Sarah will focus on one topic: the people met during travels at home or abroad. I’m excited about this focus because I love reading posts about people.
For the next two weeks, Sarah will host the Friendly Friday Challenge to feature a person or persons met during travels.
Here is my contribution to Sarah’s inaugural Friendly Friday Challenge: Meet … Los Cubanos.
In my previous post I shared pictures from a model shoot in Cuba and talked about creative choices made in post-processing. The photos were part of a collection for which I’ve been considering different presentation styles.
A few weeks back I found a Canva design template which inspired me to make a video slideshow. Little did I know that it would take me weeks to finalize the photos and layout, research Cuban poetry and choose appropriate music. I’ve completed a few videos this year and I’m always surprised at how long it takes. I’m hoping this process gets faster with more experience!
After several iterations, I now have a version ready to share. Although I’m happy with the visual content, I’m not so sure about the audio.
The clip is from a street band in Santiago de Cuba called Los Jubilados del Caribe or ‘The Pensioners of the Caribbean.’ Just their name alone makes me like them. Since my shoot location was in Santiago de Cuba, I thought the music choice right. However, I wonder if it adds or detracts from the overall content.
I’m interested to hear what you think. Certainly, if you have any suggestions on an alternate (copyright free) track, please let me know.
Cuba is in the news these days with island-wide protests on the scarcity of food and medicine amid the pandemic. Reading the news stories, I am reminded of the people I met during my visit there. The young men & women in this collection were particularly joyful and exuberant and it saddens me to think how they may have been affected in the last two years. This video is my homage to the people of Cuba. I wish them well.