American photographer David Alan Harvey has travelled all across the world, capturing life as he sees it through the camera. One of his favorite places seems to be Cuba, considering much of his portfolio consists of the Caribbean island and that he has out a book appropriately titled, Cuba.
In 1999, he travelled to Cuba alongside a National Geographic video team to capture what it was like to shoot in the nation. Today, that six minute documentary lives on through YouTube, where we get a glimpse into the ‘Pearl of the Antilles.’
Throughout the video, Harvey narrates as video of him shooting street life in the city of Trinidad, Cuba. The wisdom he shares is as honest and heartfelt as the film he’s shooting on, with this little gem being the quote that most stuck out to me:
Based on experience, based on the light, based on the mood of the people in the picture, I just gamble that it’s going to happen right there. If I started thinking, ‘hey, the best picture is on the next block, then I’m dead.’ I have to declare that where I am is where the best picture is.’
if you’re in need of some inspiration, press play and you won’t be disappointed.