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Provincetown Reveals at Sunrise

At 4:45 AM we rolled into town, cameras, tripods and optimism for the sunrise, which occurs today at low tide. On the horizon, wispy clouds of orange and coral formed over the land, reflected in the wet mud flats. Boats lay aground at oblique angles. Fingers of water channel the escaping tide are scored the mud, producing a lacework of fingers leading to the water. Sounds of the cool, damp breeze, & low growling diesel engines of fishing boats were interspersed by the sounds of crunching oyster shells as we walked on the sand.

Provincetown revealed her sandy foundations to us in the form of mud flats exposed to the low tide. The shifting sands reveal ribs of tidal mud and the skeletal rivulets of the receding tide. As the sun rose over the low bank of clouds, the waterfront of the town to the west was illuminated in golden hues. It created three dimensional textures of barnacles on rocks and rotting pilings. Pieces of history; broken of dock pilings, rusted metal bracings and pieces of driftwood.

As a photographer, my favorite time of day is sunrise as the world illuminates with the promise of a new day. As a teacher, to share the best light with my students with the newness of subject and vision is one of my great joys. Elements of light, water and land came together on this the day of the new moon. Our photography workshop includes two more opportunities to capture first light, and together with my seven compadres, we hope for additional spectacular experiences here in Provincetown.

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Cuba through an American Lens: The International Film Festival, Gibara Cuba http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2018/5/cuba-through-an-american-lens-the-international-film-festival-gibara-cuba

Through our travels to Cuba, establishing relationships with Cubans who are like family, and amassing a huge archive of images, Eileen McCarney Muldoon and I have been invited to present an exhibition of our Cuba photographs during the much lauded Festival Internacional de Cine, Gibara in July 2018. This is a great honor indeed! Despite the difficult navigation fo rules and regulations in place because of the trade embargo, specifically getting the work to Cuba, the greatest challenge has been deciding which images to present. Images of people; Cubans who are proud of their heritage of craft, images that show their spirit and resiliency, and their environments lit by the intense Caribbean sun, all these photographs make the selection process difficult indeed.

Craftsman restoring the theatre, GibaraCraftsman restoring the theatre, Gibara

The festival lasts for a week; it features music & films from all over the world and for the first time, an American exhibition of still photographs. The theme of 'Cuba through an American Lens' is an intangible one; though the Cubans of our images have little in the way of material goods, their lives are full of family, sharing and that rich special element of time...Cubans don't seem to be in a hurry. During a morning walk we might be invited to sit on a stoop feeling the sun warm up the world. Or, the invitation for  a cafe` might be extended through the doorway of a local bar. One lingers during these encounters, feeling a sharing and an acceptance. This is so uniquely Cuban!

For the next month, I will share some of the images that will be shown through Instagram (@chwphoto) and Facebook (cindywilsonphoto). I hope you will join me on this amazing, once in a lifetime journey to The festival Internacional de Film Gibara through these blog postings.

Saying goodbye to Frank, Gibara, CubaSaying goodbye to Frank, Gibara, Cuba

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It is almost a week since the Contemplative Landscape workshop in Death Valley with Lydia Goetz and George deWolf.  It was an incredible experience artistically; we were encouraged to explore our awareness of place and self through mindfulness training.

 

  

At times I felt like the new tools I was given were getting in the way of the visual experience, after all, I was in Death Valley, a place of remarkable beauty contrasted with endless desolation. I had to learn to let go of the search for the postcard. In reflecting back through the images, I see the beginnings of a heightened clarity of vision, and the intuitive sense of what can be possible.

 

 
 What I now possess is  the mindful practice of feeling/seeing what is in front of me without the filter of expectations.  I have been told it will take a couple of years to truly grow into this new level of authenticity in my work. I am including a few samples of the week's experiences.

 

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I continue to upload images from the 2018 Cuba photography tour to my website. These and other travel and fine art images can be viewed at www.cindywilsonphoto.com
Our 2018 tour group will be presenting 'Images and Reflections from our Cuba Experience' on April 23, 2018 at the Wickford Art Association at 7 PM. There will be a slide show followed by a panel discussion. Free and open to the public.
Image of George courtesy of Denise Bass.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Betty Anderson
 

Provincetown, Finding the Light
June 12-15, 2018 

Join David Pinkham & Cindy Wilson for four immersive days dedicated to the art of seeing, in Provincetown, Mass. What better place to cultivate an appreciation for light! We will explore the town; it's street life and architecture by day and night, it's beaches, ponds and sand dunes with light from dawn to dusk , all the while learning new techniques and ways of seeing. Daily group critique, slide shows and exchange of ideas will expose different ways that others see the same image, but capture it differently.
This workshop is designed for all levels of experience! 
Dates: June 12-15, 2018
Tuition: $875
Information and itinerary are available here

To register, please contact:
Cindy Wilson: cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
David Pinkham: dspink4@gmail.com

 


Photo by Yang- Vuong Lien Duong

Vietnam: the Far North

September 21- October 5, 2018

The far north of Vietnam defies description! There are awe inspiring vistas, forbidding mountains, lush green valleys, ribbons of terraced rice following the contours of gentle hills, and authentic villages. Travel with Cindy Wilson and local photographer/guide Yang Vuong-Lien-Duong of Indochina Charm Travel to the remote northern reaches of Vietnam. This photography workshop will feature incredible natural landscape photography opportunities; visits to villages of the highland peoples, witnessing and photographing their daily lives. At the end of the day, there will be the sharing of images and discussion about our experiences. 
for itinerary and more details, please visit 

http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/vietnam--the-far-north
Dates: September 21-October 5, 2018
Tuition: $3495
Maximum group size: 8 Minimum: 4
Now accepting deposits of $1000 to secure your seat on this immersive experience to the far north of Vietnam. 
Contact Cindy for details 

 

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye


Scotland: The Western Highlands, Skye and the Hebrides
September 9-19, 2019
 

Cindy Wilson and David Pinkham are now accepting deposits for our September 2019 photography workshop in Scotland. Our group will explore the western Highlands, Hebrides and Edinburgh. Hotels in Scotland fill up quickly, and reservations for even a small group as ours need to be made well in advance to ensure availability.
To reserve your spot, a deposit of $500 will be accepted now.
Please contact either
Cindy: cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
David: dspink4@gmail.com with questions or to register

 


Current Exhibitions


19 on Paper at the Francesca Anderson Gallery
February 15 - March 31, 2018
You are invited to the opening reception: 
Saturday February 17 3-5 PM
56 Adams Street, Lexington, MA

Colors of the Soul



Upcoming Classes

Introduction to Photoshop Elements
South County Art Association
March 20, 27, April 3, 17 & 24, 2018
4-6 PM

Image courtesy of Sue Brown Black


From Camera to Computer
Block Island
April 20 & 21, 2018

The Next Step in Digital Photography
 

Now that you are familiar with the basic controls on your digital camera, it’s time to take the Next Step! This course will take you deeper into the choices that make your photographs more closely reflect how you see your subject. Learn more about creative exposure, raw capture & post processing, lens selection and composition. There will be classroom lessons, assignments and a field trip for practical experience.

 

Tuesday May 8, 15, 22, & 29, & June 5, 2014
4 - 6 PM
Wickford Art Association 
36 Beach Street, Wickford


 

I am currently enrolling private lessons and individual mentoring sessions. Please contact me if you are interested.
 

 

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Mobile from Mobile

I have photographs of the lovely parks, modern architecture and the icons of what today’s Mobile is so proud of. Why then am I attracted to the backstory; the images of Mobile’s roots and history? There are many clues to what Mobile has lost due to urban renewal and gentrification, yet details exist. What are the foundations of culture that have been forgotten, yet have left ghosts for us to see? For three days I have walked the streets of the city looking for clues to what has been lost. Here are a few examples:

Above, the entryway floor emblem of the Three Sisters Clothing Store, today has office space for lease. There is the original Woolworth, Neisner’s, Thom McAnn...and a pentimento of the Seafarer’s Hall. The relief lettering on a condo complex was once a convent.

                                                                           

It is with this connection I have enjoyed my time in this city. Visiting the Marcia Gras Museum and taking a trolley tour has helped me to understand Mobile pride in custom; silently slowly walking the streets has given me clues to the history, while providing an immersive milieu for studying the graphic qualities of light and detail. 

 

 

 

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The Images Speak for Themselves

I am grateful to a good friend who showed me a portfolio of her work recently. What struck me most was the consistency of her vision and the intimacy with her subject matter. I thought of my own work, of 'soul images', ones that presented themselves to me because I was open to their message. What was it about these images that stood out as a consistent thread in my work? The simplicity, the framing, the camera to subject distance and setting all contribute to a way of seeing, one that is not a just a documentation.

                      

I love old stuff, traditional ways and mystery. Anyone who knows me will vouch for this...the rustier the better! I have often asked myself why? I think it has to do with a perceived vulnerability; what was once important and valued is now cast aside. Who will tell their story if not me? I am moved to photograph by a sense of timelessness, spirituality and presence; cast aside they are now in eternal waiting. Before they are forgotten completely, a moment is shared with the viewer. I am moved by the recognition of value for their once important role, small as it might be; for the sense of timelessness, and for their story. These subjects have a spirituality and presence; cast aside they are now in eternal waiting. Before they are forgotten completely, a moment is shared with the viewer through the camera.

                                                                    

I am drawn to the sense of simplicity and purpose of everyday objects. In the case of both the 'Copper Kettle' and 'Three Amigos', there was something that made me look twice, a presence, a calling out; I had to make the image. The resulting are portraits of a brief moment in time, and reflect the sense of authenticity I continue to grow towards. Because of the spontaneity and intuitive nature of these images, the process is free from inner distractions. How does one shed the expectations of what constitutes a good photograph, and become aware of a world of detail and the value of a brief emotional connection? One could say by taking more pictures; but also by cultivating a sense of mindfulness and attentiveness every waking moment. Pictures of the deepest vision from the heart, images that speak for themselves, take the artist on a journey to a place of certainty we all hope to find.

 

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A Friend in Gibara http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2018/2/a-friend-in-gibara My Friend Frank, Gibara, CubaMy Friend Frank, Gibara, Cuba

My Friend on the Waterfront, Gibara

The Cuban town I have felt most welcomed and connected is Gibara. This small fishing village is a sleepy haven most of the year, save for the International Film Festival every April, when up to 100,000 film enthusiasts swell its quiet streets. I hope to be part of this event soon, but that is a topic for another day. My favorite time to wander about the town is in the early morning, as the local residents hop on their bikes to chase the smell of freshly baked bread wafting down the streets. It was right after a the sunrise light that I found myself walking along the waterfront, past one story, colorfully painted columns of a street level arcade, that I met Frank. He had lived in this apartment most of his life. Frank suffers from emphysema, and in the mornings, the chill of his rooms force him onto the doorstep, to warm his bones.  My Friend Frank, Gibara, CubaMy Friend Frank, Gibara, Cuba Frank holds court with his neighbors and passersby and is most welcoming to visitors. He is happy to share his story of being an award winning gymnast with the opportunity to travel to and live in Miami in the 1950's. He also had been a teacher there, and had an excellent command of the English language. After the Cuban revolution, Frank came home to Gibara to be with his parents in this very place he sat that morning. Here has been since, with a roof over his head and his friends. As with many in this town, he 'owns' his home, by virtue of continued occupation.

My Friend Frank, Gibara, CubaMy Friend Frank, Gibara, Cuba

I visited with Frank each of the mornings we were in Gibara. We talked of my interest in Cuba, his experiences in the US and how nice it is to be in a place where you belong. Frank promised to write and I hope when I visit next year, I will find him once again on his doorstep, warming his body in the early morning light making every passerby feel kinship and a place to sit for a spell.

Saying goodbye to Frank, Gibara, CubaSaying goodbye to Frank, Gibara, Cuba

 

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A sunny morning on the plaza, Remedios, Cuba, January 2018
 

Images and reflections from the 2018 Cuba photography tour will be the initial focus of my weekly blog post. Follow this and other musings: http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog

In other changes, please refer to all travel photography workshops directly at www.cindywilsonphoto.com All content previously listed on the
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Night Reflections on the Danube, Belgrade, Serbia


Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro & Croatia
May 3 - 16, 2018
For photographers and lovers of culture alike!
There is still time to register!

 Looking for a great opportunity to improve your travel photography skills while exploring a part of the world that is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty...look no further! This photography tour features Serbia’s stunning scenery and cities with a thriving cultural scene. Experience a guided photography walk of the city with a local photographer; enjoy the country’s wealth of broad rivers, rugged mountains, combined with its rich heritage of sublime monasteries, mighty fortresses and Roman ruins. It is a most rewarding destination where visitors can expect a warm welcome from people known for their hospitality and open-heartedness.

Croatia offers a wealth of photographic possibilities and the chance to stretch you creatively in some of Europe’s most stunning locations. You’ll return with an impressive portfolio of travel shots as well as some incredible memories of the Adriatic coast from the historical region of Dalmatia.

It’s an experience you will never forget!


Dates: May 3 (round trip flights from Boston, USA) - 16, 2018
Tuition: $5895; includes flights, hotel and transportation, full time local guide & Cindy's individual photography instruction.
Itinerary and  tour details available here:

To Register contact Cindy at cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com

Finding the Light Workshop in the dunes, June 2018
Photo courtesy of David Pinkham

 

Provincetown, Finding the Light
June 12-15, 2018 

Join David Pinkham & Cindy Wilson for four immersive days in Provincetown, Cape Cod. We will explore the town; it's street life and architecture by day and night, it's beaches, ponds and waterways with dawn to dusk light, learning new techniques and ways of seeing....designed for all levels of experience! 
Dates: June 12-15, 2018
Tuition: $875
Information and itinerary are available here

To register, please contact:
Cindy Wilson: cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
David Pinkham: dspink4@gmail.com

 

Photo by Yang- Vuong Lien Duong

Vietnam: the Far North

September 21- October 5, 2018

The far north of Vietnam is home to awe inspiring, forbidding mountains, lush green hills and valleys; ribbons of terraced rice following the contours of gentle hills, ethnic minorities in authentic villages. Travel with Cindy Wilson and Yang Vuong-Lien-Duong of Indochina Charm Travel to the remote northern reaches of Vietnam. This photography workshop will feature incredible natural landscape photography opportunities; the golden terraced rice fields at the time of harvest, vast misty expanses of fertile valleys, and cultivated rows of tea plantations. We will visit villages of the highland peoples, witnessing and photographing their daily lives. At the end of the day, there will be the sharing of images and discussion about our experiences. 
for itinerary and more details, please visit 

http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/vietnam--the-far-north
Dates: September 21-October 5, 2018
Tuition: $3495
Maximum group size: 8 Minimum: 4
A deposit of $1000 secures your seat on this immersive experience to the far north of Vietnam. 
Contact Cindy for details 

 

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye


Scotland: the Highlands, Skye and the Hebrides

September 9-19, 2019

 

Cindy Wilson and David Pinkham are in the planning phase of a  2019 photography workshop in the Highlands, Hebrides and Edinburgh, Scotland. Details are forthcoming!


Current Exhibitions


19 on Paper at Wickford Art Association

January 14-February 4, 2018
Opening reception January 14, 1-3 PM


19 on Paper at the Francesca Anderson Gallery
February 15 - March 31, 2018
You are invited to the opening reception: 
Saturday February 17 3-5 PM
56 Adams Street, Lexington, MA

 


Upcoming Classes

 

Introduction to Photoshop Elements
South County Art Association
March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 2018
4-6 PM

Private lessons & photo coaching available!
 

Contact Cindy 

 

Mailing address is:
20 Stonegate Drive, North Kingstown, RI

www.cindywilsonphoto.com
cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
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A Story in a Havana Courtyard http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2018/2/a-story-in-a-havana-courtyard A Visit in a Havana Courtyard

One of my favorite Cuba Photo Tour activities is our annual photowalk with local photographers. Walking with Leysis and Claudia  in the densely packed barrios of Havana Vieja is an opportunity to see the world through their eyes, listen to their experiences and understand just a wee bit more about the resiliency of Cubans today.

A Visit to a Havana CourtyardA Visit to a Havana Courtyard

Walking through an ornate doorway in the old city opens up top a world of life and improvisation. The materials and craftsmanship speak of an era of wealth and extravagance. Tall, heavy mahogany doors with custom carvings are surrounded by ornate patterned sculptural decor, leading into a large courtyard with multi level balconies. Today, these once magnificent single family palaces are divided into many apartments. The buildings themselves are victims of decay and neglect, yet their once graceful design is still evident in columns, arches and ornate iron and woodworking.

A Visit to a Havana CourtyardA Visit to a Havana Courtyard

A very different life happens in the courtyards today. Life spills out from the apartments with drying laundry, running children and in the case of this visit, a working plein-air beauty salon. These women had no objection to being photographed. As a matter fact, they enjoyed the focus of five North Americans with cameras bearing gifts of eye glasses, over the counter medicines and soaps. I loved the white cap with pom-poms on the beautician that dangled and bounced when she moved her head.

A Visit to a Havana CourtyardA Visit to a Havana Courtyard

A Visit to a Havana CourtyardA Visit to a Havana Courtyard

One unusual item in my bag was a crochet hook. I gave this to her, thinking with her new glasses she might take up a new endeavor. But no, she pulled out a shower cap poked with  holes and pantomimed how this crochet hook would now help her apply coloring to client's hair. In Cuba, this is an example of resolving; solving challenges with whatever materials are available.

Before leaving I took her photograph in the diffuse interior light. At first she was unsure of how she should pose. It was her smile and graciousness I wanted to capture and Leysis was so helpful in diverting her attention until the right moment presented itself.

A Visit to a Havana CourtyardA Visit to a Havana Courtyard

As with all I photograph, I promised to return next year with a picture from our visit. I could not leave without giving and receiving a hug and kisses and the continued impression of Cubans as warm, open and friendly.

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'Winter Winds, Block Island', currently on exhibit at the
Providence Center for Photographic Arts

Season's greetings and thank you for your continued support of classes, travel photography workshops and fine art exhibitions. 2017 featured fabulous photography experiences in Cuba, Vietnam, Provincetown, Washington's Olympic Peninsula and  Scotland. Photographs from these adventures can be viewed at www.cindywilsonphoto.com
The 2018 Profundo Journeys photography tour in Cuba is barely three weeks away! Fourteen days of exploring the backroads of the country, engaging with people, and experiencing this incredibly unique culture await our group of ten photographers and photo enthusiasts. 
The 2018 photography tours and workshops are featured in this email below. The Balkans, Provincetown and Vietnam are great destinations for making one of a kind photographs  and sharing experiences with like minded friends.
Upon my return, the www.profundojourneys.com site will be transitioned to a blog format. Images, stories and lessons related to photography will be featured here on a weekly basis.
Information about upcoming travel photography workshops, classes and exhibitions will be available on my website, www.cindywilsonphoto.com

 

Commuting by Buggy, Gibara Cuba, 2017

Night Reflections on the Danube, Belgrade, Serbia


Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Montenegro & Dubrovnik

May 3 - 16, 2018

For photographers and lovers of culture alike!

I am excited to offer this 14 day odyssey to the Balkan Peninsula, with an itinerary aimed to please the traveling photographer and world citizen! This is a great opportunity explore a part of the world that is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, while learning to make stunning travel images.
Destinations include the Serbian capital city of Belgrade (our starting point), world class national parks, UNESCO sites, small countryside villages (with visits to Bosnia on the River Drina), and fabulous Dubrovnik, Croatia.
There is so much to see, learn and experience in this area! What could be better...travel and photography, great food and the camaraderie of new friends.
Dates: May 3 (depart from Boston, USA) - 16, 2018
Tuition: $5995
Itinerary and  tour details available here:
To Register contact Cindy at cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com

 

Number Nine, Ballston Beach, Truro, MA

Provincetown, Finding the Light

June 12-15, 2018 

Join David Pinkham & Cindy Wilson for four immersive days in Provincetown, Cape Cod. We will explore the town; it's street life and architecture by day and night, it's beaches, ponds and waterways with dawn to dusk light, learning new techniques and ways of seeing....with a few breaks in between!
Dates: June 12-15, 2018
Tuition: $875
Information and itinerary are available here

To register, please contact:
Cindy Wilson: cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
David Pinkham: dspink4@gmail.com

Photo by Yang- Vuong Lien Duong

Vietnam: the Far North

September 21- October 5, 2018

The far north of Vietnam is home to awe inspiring, forbidding mountains, lush green hills and valleys; ribbons of terraced rice following the contours of gentle hills, ethnic minorities in authentic villages. Travel with Cindy Wilson and Yang Vuong-Lien-Duong of Indochina Charm Travel to the remote northern reaches of Vietnam. This photography workshop will feature incredible natural landscape photography opportunities; the golden terraced rice fields at the time of harvest, vast misty expanses of fertile valleys, and cultivated rows of tea plantations. We will visit villages of the highland peoples, witnessing and photographing their daily lives. At the end of the day, there will be the sharing of images and discussion about our experiences. 
Dates: September 21-October 5, 2018
Tuition: $3495
Maximum group size: 8 Minimum: 4
A deposit of $1000 secures your seat on this immersive experience to the far north of Vietnam. 
Contact Cindy for details 

 

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye


Scotland: the Highlands, Skye and the Hebrides

September 9-19, 2019

 

Cindy Wilson and David Pinkham are in the planning phase of a  2019 photography workshop in the Highlands, Hebrides and Edinburgh, Scotland. Details will be forthcoming!


Exhibitions


Providence Center for Photographic Arts 

Second Member's Exhibition 


December 7 - January 12, 2018
Opening reception December 7, 2017
5 - 9 PM

 


19 on Paper at Wickford Art Association

January 14-February 4, 2018
Opening reception January 14, 1-3 PM


Upcoming Classes


Foundations of Digital Photography

Wickford Art Association
Wednesdays, January 24, 31 & February 7, 14, 21, 2018
4-6 PM


 

Introduction to Photoshop Elements
South County Art Association
March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 2018
4-6 PM

Private lessons!
For the photo enthusiast in your family...a great holiday idea.

Contact Cindy 

 
My mailing address is:
20 Stonegate Drive, North Kingstown, RI

Studio address:
650 Ten Rod Rd North Kingstown RI

www.cindywilsonphoto.com

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A Unique Opportunity to Travel to Cuba, January 2018 http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/12/excited-about-my-cuba-trip-in-january-2018 Boxing Practice in the Square, GibaraShadow Boxing, Gibara

As I sit contemplating the waning days of summer, my thoughts turn to Cuban travel this winter, and how much I am looking forward to the Profundo Journeys January 2018 trip. This will be my sixth opportunity to explore this enigmatic, fascinating and warm culture. In the first journey, 2013, I wanted to capture 'Cuba before it changed'. Subsequent journeys began to reveal a deeper layer of understanding, in addition to the mystery lurking around every doorway and arched courtyard entrance, there arose the paradox of the society and culture. I think about what draws me back; photography for sure...Cuba is visually rich and layered, from the decaying colonial architecture to the robust activity in the narrow streets. The story is in the details, the way materials are repurposed for survival, the large former private homes subdivided into smaller apartments with low ceilings and maze like configurations, with vestiges of ornate marble staircases bearing evidence of the grandeur of the past.

In an Arched Courtyard, HavanaIn an Arched Courtyard, Havana

From a photographers point of view, the light is tropical and intense, creating shadows, textures and geometric patterns. Vibrant pastel colors change from building to building and sometimes apartment to apartment. There is a sense of timelessness, but beyond these walls are the interiors. it is not out of the ordinary to be invited you into a home, even to be offered a cup of Cuban coffee, made like espresso on a single burner stove. It is sharing of intimate space that makes this culture so endearing, given the political disagreements between our governments. Cubans love Americans and are so inquisitive about our lives. Even with a language barrier, communication is possible along with smiles and hugs.

Birdcage, CienfuegosBirdcage, Cienfuegos

As tourism increases to Cuba, the 'real' Cuba becomes difficult to access.This change is evident in the new economy; more restaurants, private B & B's, , and empty palaces being converted into private hotels. Far from the narrow congestion of the cities, there are country roads leading to smaller villages where people live their lives traditionally, and an authenticity exists to the culture. These are the places that are inscribed in my heart; small fishing towns, towns existing as crossroads for the old sugar economy and small county seats of colonial architecture & cobblestones, where horse and buggies are more populous than cars. We travel here too, life is slower, quiet and more simple, the antithesis of the cities. Tourism has not reached these places; the traveler has stepped back in time.

If you are looking for a trip to Cuba, here is why you would want to consider the January Profundo Journeys trip.DeThere are no other tours that cover the breadth and diversity of this country. Destinations like the Isle of Pines, where the Castros were imprisoned after their trial in 1956; Gibara, a sleepy fishing village except for one week a year when it hosts the international Cine Pobre, and Remedios, unremarkable except for the two beautiful churches on its main plaza...these more remote towns are way off the well beaten path of tourism. But, what trip to Cuba would be complete without Havana, with her four historic plazas, Malecon and beautifully preserved architecture...we return here, too. 

We have a wonderful professional, full time Cuban guide. When we first met Eliseo, he thought working with photographers was like 'herding cats'. In the years since, he is like a member of our family. He is extremely knowledgeable, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is a warm and caring individual. To a person, we all concur that he is a part of what has made Cuba special for us.

For those interested in making photographs that capture the experience, I am there as your teacher, mentor and cheerleader. my experience in Cuba is always lifted by watching the joy of my fellow travelers.

I want to share the Cuba I have discovered with photographers and curious travelers alike. As the tenuous nature of US travel restrictions evolve, it will become increasingly difficult for Americans to travel there legally. 

 

 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/12/excited-about-my-cuba-trip-in-january-2018 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:31:25 GMT
November 2017 Cindy Wilson Photography Newsletter http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/12/november-2017-cindy-wilson-photography-newsletter
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A big thanks to all of you for your continuing support of my artwork, travel photography tours, workshops and local classes here in southern Rhode Island. I have enjoyed working with you and look forward to many more opportunities in the future. Keep checking www.cindywilsonphoto.com for new images, upcoming workshops, photography classes and events!

From a recent exploration in Scotland for a future photography workshop; photo taken by David Pinkham
 


Travel on a Photography tour to:

Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

May 3 - 16, 2018

Registration is now open!


I am excited to offer this 14 day odyssey to the Balkan Peninsula, with an itinerary aimed to please the traveling photographer and world citizen! This is a great opportunity explore a part of the world that is rich in culture, history and natural beauty, while learning to make stunning travel images.
Destinations include the Serbian capital city of Belgrade (our starting point), world class national parks, UNESCO sites, small countryside villages (with visits to Bosnia on the River Drina), and fabulous Dubrovnik, Croatia.
There is so much to see, learn and experience in this area! What could be better...travel and photography, great food and the camaraderie of new friends.
Dates: May 3 (depart from Boston, USA) - 16, 2018
Tuition: $5995
Itinerary and  tour details available here:
To Register contact Cindy at cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com

 


Provincetown: Finding the Light

June 2018

Join David Pinkham & Cindy Wilson for four immersive days in Provincetown, Cape Cod. We will explore the town; it's street life and architecture by day and night, it's beaches, ponds and waterways with dawn to dusk light, learning new techniques and ways of seeing....with a few breaks in between!
Dates: June 12-15, 2018
Tuition: $875
Information and itinerary are available here

To register, please contact:
Cindy Wilson: cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
David Pinkham: dspink4@gmail.com


Vietnam: the Far North

September 21- October 5, 2018


 


The far north of Vietnam is home to awe inspiring, forbidding mountains, lush green hills and valleys; ribbons of terraced rice following the contours of gentle hills, ethnic minorities in authentic villages. Travel with Cindy Wilson and Yang Vuong-Lien-Duong of Indochina Charm Travel to the remote northern reaches of Vietnam. This photography workshop will feature incredible natural landscape photography opportunities; the golden terraced rice fields at the time of harvest, vast misty expanses of fertile valleys, and cultivated rows of tea plantations. We will visit villages of the highland peoples, witnessing and photographing their daily lives. At the end of the day, there will be the sharing of images and discussion about our experiences. 
Dates: September 21-October 5, 2018
Tuition: $3495
Maximum group size: 8 Minimum: 4
A deposit of $1000 secures your seat on this immersive experience to the far north of Vietnam. 
Contact Cindy for details 

 

Jesus Scrolls was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Warwick Center of Fine Arts' 31st Annual Rhode Island Open. The image was originally shown as part of the Vanishing Industrial Heritage of the Blackstone River Valley, a two year project I worked on with David S. Pinkham, debuting at the Dryden Gallery in Providence.


I am looking forward to the January Profundo Journeys photography tour in Cuba! Although registration has officially closed...I have been assured that everything that can possibly be done will be done to add people to this trip. Please let me know if you are interested.
 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/12/november-2017-cindy-wilson-photography-newsletter Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:30:58 GMT
Early Morning at the Hoi An Fish Market http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/5/early-morning-at-the-hoi-an-fish-market

Early Morning at the Hoi An Fish Market

Long before the brake of dawn, fisherman are returning to Hoi An after a night of fishing. As the sun rises, they offload their catch at the Hoi An open air fish market. To arrive now is to see the height of the activity; sorting, rinsing and weighing of fish, bartering and selling between bites of pho, strapping the day's purchases to the back of a motor scooter for private resale or to restaurants. For the photographer, there is so much to take in, it is hard to know where to focus...there is so much color, so many gestures, patterns of round bowls and hats and different varieties of freshly caught seafood. One must be careful not to step in deep puddles  but avoiding the shell or fish parts underfoot is impossible. Being pushed out of the way by someone with their eye on a sale is not a rude action...this is their daily life, we are outsiders.

It is all over in an hour. By this time the heat and humidity of the day have risen and the soft light is now harsh. It is time to wash the fish market off of your shoes, and grab some richly deserved breakfast!

 

 

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An Adventure to a Hidden Lagoon, Hue' http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/an-adventure-to-a-hidden-lagoon-hue

An Amazing Visit to Tam Giang Lagoon

Amazing is the only way to describe our adventure to a part of Vietnam few outsiders ever see...near to Hue, a hidden fishing village of stilted houses, bamboo pilings and slender longboats. Three thousand families make this village of Dam Chum their home. Families no longer live in the houses on stilts; many now lay abandoned or are used as storage. To see this from shore was nothing we could have ever imagined; to accompany a fisherman on his boat tending his nets was an experience we will never forget. Mr Loc and his family have fished this little quadrant for over 100 years. With our catch of crabs, prawn and fish safely aboard, we headed to a restaurant on stilts, with bamboo decking. Our 'snack' consisted of our fresh catch and other local seafood delicacies.

We attracted a lot of attention as we walked through the village on our way to the boat. Kids calling 'hello' presented us with high fives and flowers. Our wonder never ceases as we are treated with such hospitality and generosity. And, the photography opportunities are never ending.

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/an-adventure-to-a-hidden-lagoon-hue Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:04:25 GMT
A View from my Window on Halong Bay http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/a-view-from-my-window-on-halong-bay

A View from my Window on Halong Bay

Literally. Every time I looked it was a new variation of limestone karst formation, with caves, vegetation and geometric textures in the stone. For three days, we cruised aboard the Dragon Legend, called a 'junk', but in reality was a small cruise ship. We explored both Halong and Bai Tu Long Bays, (about a four hour drive south of Hanoi), UNESCO protected areas containing over 3,000 of these islands. Navigating past one towering karst opened up the world of infinite more stretching out to the horizon, and swallowed up the place we had come from. Vietnamese legend says a dragon dropped 3000 pearls from his mouth to create this fairy tale wonder of the world as protection against foreign invaders. Only locals could know the way through these waters...We were not confined to the ship, however. We enjoyed photographing from the decks, but also had opportunities to go ashore on to small islands for swimming, a cave visit and barbecue on the beach. There was exploration on smaller boats to floating fishing villages. The Bay is closed to group kayaking, but our cruise company was granted an exception; to paddle closely and to look up the sheer vertical facing, hear the birds and gentle water movement is surely  an experience not to be forgotten. 

 

 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/a-view-from-my-window-on-halong-bay Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:51:37 GMT
A Bicycle Ride through the Paddies http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/a-bicycle-ride-through-the-paddies

A Bicycle Ride through the Paddies

What better way to slow down and really experience the landscape than to leisurely  ride a bicycle! Such was our adventure today, from the landing at the Tay Phong pagoda, through lush green fields of rice, with scattered scarecrows and tombs of long passed ancestors, along gravel covered roads lined with wildflowers. We passed through small dusty villages with low brick laterite buildings, complete with chickens and school children on their way home for lunch, yelling "hello". We rode through farms, villages gates; past wells and 700 year old banyan trees. We shared the road with other travelers on motor scooters, trucks and other bike riders before turning onto a quiet dirt lane above the rice paddies. Here we could stop by the side of the road and absorb the vast exotic stretches of rice, corn, sugar cane and even peanut plantings. As we continued our ride, we saw and smelled duck farms for the production of eggs. Ducks do not incubate their eggs; chickens do that for them... and only lay them at night. So during the day, they are loose in the fields and in shallow ponds.

We continued riding on a dike between more paddies and a canal, finally emerging back in the village we started from. What a great experience, and we got to do it all over again after a delicious lunch in a private home owned by the same Vietnamese family for five generations. The home was in the UNESCO village of Duong Lam, home of an ancient entry gate, fishbone alleyways and countless dead ends. We also were guests of a tea house where we enjoyed a nice hot cup as a gentle ran began to fall. What an absolutely wonderful day in the life of our Profundo Journeys Vietnam photography workshop! 

 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/a-bicycle-ride-through-the-paddies Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:40:39 GMT
The Quang Ba Flower Market http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/the-quang-ba-flower-market

Morning at the Quang Ba Flower Market

Flowers are such an essential part of Vietnamese life. They are used for ancestor worship, decoration of shrines and celebrations (April seems to feature many graduation ceremonies). Flowers are grown in gardens up to 20 miles outside of the city, cut the night before the wholesale markets and transported by motor scooter into Hanoi. The April season features Easter lilies, and with our 5:30 departure from the hotel, we were able to see the Market in full swing with roses, lilies and flowers of all colors, fresh and fragrant. Once at the Market, the flowers are bought by vendors, tied to bicycles and motor scooters, and brought into shops, curbside stands and sold to the public for a tidy profit. This photo shows one such vendor, cargo safely strapped to the scooter, on her way to resell. It is absolutely amazing how many flowers can be piled onto such a small means of transportation. And they do this seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Our hardy group of photographers forewent coffee to pan and otherwise capture the activity and feel of this marketplace. Thanks to Susan Brown Black for this image as yours truly has lost her iPhone and all the pictures on it. Don't despair...I will look totally tourist using my iPad for the rest of our workshop!

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/the-quang-ba-flower-market Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:14:38 GMT
Small Business on the Streets of Hanoi http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/small-business-on-the-streets-of-hanoi

Small Business on the Streets of Hanoi

Walking along the narrow, congested streets of Hanoi, one finds simple ways of commerce. In this photo, a local locksmith has set up his wares on a street corner, waiting patiently off camera for the next customer. His tools include a clamp and files, and many blank keys, all ready for a quick sale and departure at the end of the day.

In this non touristed area of the city, the blocks are seemingly grouped by like-merchants. There were series of stores selling plastic chairs, artificial flowers, lamps, bicycles and helmets. It seems like every available building frontage had one commercial purpose or another...cafes, seamstresses and many generations of residents are their proprietors. Add to this the incessant beeping of motor scooter horns, the sidewalks crowded with motorcycles and broken pavement, the smells of various cooking and you have all the ingredients to fill five senses.

 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/small-business-on-the-streets-of-hanoi Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:31:33 GMT
An Afternoon Exploring Hanoi's French Quarter http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/an-afternoon-exploring-hanois-french-quarter

 

An Afternoon in Hanoi's French Quarter

Profundo Journeys Vietnam 2017

Having arrived in Hanoi after many hours of air travel, sleep was definitely out of the question. We set out from our hotel to find Hanoi's French Quarter, home to many small shops, bird's nests of electric wires, street food vendors, and a cacaphony of sounds from motorcycles to canned music. To cross the street, one measures the traffic, and walks/wades through weaving motor scooters, taxis, bicycles and buses. To get away from this confusion, we took the first alley, and it was here that the French Quarter became more about the daily life of it's inhabitants and less about survival. in the quieter streets, it is so much easier to slow down and observe details, like this kettle on an equally rustic source of heat. I was drawn to the texture and diagonal play of light on the wall...even the stenciled lettering observed the slope of the shadow. And who was the proprietor of this outdoor cafe? The Quarter is full of little mysteries and touches of humanity like this. It was a great icebreaker to get a first taste of the city before the real itinerary of our photography workshop begins.

 

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A Visit to the Hoh Rain Forest http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/3/a-visit-to-the-hoh-rain-forest Trees, Hoh Rain ForestTrees, Hoh Rain Forest

A Visit to the Hoh Rain Forest

The Olympic National Park has much in the way of nature's  diversity. One can stroll wide driftwood strewn beaches, climb mountains, explore small towns frozen in time, and wander through moss covered trees so tightly packed together that daylight has difficulty shining through. Such was my experience in March; along the the half hour approach off the main highway to the Hoh Rain Forest. The road was lined with dense growth forest. The tall pines covered with hanging moss gave way to open meadow vistas of snow covered mountains. As we approached the Visitor's Center, the road followed along the Hoh River, with tho Olympic Mountains looming off in the distance, shrouded in fog. At any point, one could park the car on the side of the road and set up for amazing photographs. Inside the forest, there are a number of trails that one can follow, of varying lengths and degrees of ease. Here moss and plants grow upon each other weaving a fabric of thick vegetation. Due to time constraints, we chose to walk only the Mini-trail, with the sound of running water and the wind in the trees. There are other paths for longer hikes, lasting from one hour to overnight, that go deeper into the forest.

                                                                   River, Hoh Rain ForestRiver, Hoh Rain Forest

The Hoh Rainforest receives 10-12 feet of rain a year, as evidenced by the hanging moss in the trees, and the carpet of green velvet on the floor of the forest. There is the possibility of seeing elk, eagles and other wildlife in the dense, lush forest. The Hoh is one of two rain forests we will visit on our Profundo Journeys Photography Workshop in September 2017. The second is the Quinault Rainforest, which also hosts a number of waterfalls, perfect for photography. In March, the air is chilled and damp, but in September the prevailing weather is dry and with infinite blue skies. Still, I found the mist and overcast conditions to give a mysterious and ethereal feel to the environment, which is a way of looking at the glass half full in the typical winter weather of the Olympic National Park.

 

The full itinerary for the September's photography workshop is available at www.profundojourneys.com

 

Moss Filled Trees, Hoh Rain ForestMoss Filled Trees, Hoh Rain Forest

 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) Hoh Olympic National Park photography rainforest workshop http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/3/a-visit-to-the-hoh-rain-forest Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:16:27 GMT