I organize and lead photo travel tours. Past destinations have included: Cuba, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Peru, and Spain. These experiences have given me the opportunity to take photographers to inspiring locations where they can put their photo skills to work and capture a sense of place. Cultural exchange is very important to my personal travel philosophy. When I am developing a travel tour, I try to incorporate a variety of activities where both cultures can learn from each other, which in the end, results in a socially responsible and personally rewarding travel experience.
In 2010 and 2011, I led groups of photographers to Cuba to engage in activities that brought photographers from both countries together to share ideas and information. Upon our return, we mounted two joint exhibitions of Cuban and American work. These exhibitions are just one link in the chain that connects American and Cuban photographers, and I hope we’ll see more creative collaborations in the future. The Palo Alto Weekly wrote a cover story called "A Changing Cuba: Cuban, Local Photographers Reveal the Heart of the Country," that featured the most recent trip and exhibition. Visit the exhibition websites at: http://cubainfocus.wordpress.com/ and http://cubainsideoutphoto.wordpress.com/
Traveling with other photographers can be a rewarding experience since we speak a common language and have similar goals when embarking on this type of journey. If you are interested in receiving information on my next photo tour to Cuba April 18 - May 2, 2012, email me at: email@example.com
“Being an American photographer in Cuba was an extraordinary experience on both professional and personal levels.” - John Thacker (Cuba Trip Alumnus, 2010).
"I hesitate to use the phrase "it was the trip of a lifetime." But, traveling with Ron to Cuba, with a small group of photographers in September 2010, was really just such a trip. It was a unique and wonderful opportunity to see and photograph a country that not many of us get to see. Meeting other professional photographers in Havana was a trip highlight." - Corinne DeBra (Cuba Trip Alumnus, 2010)
"Cuba is a wild and wonderful country to visit and now is the time to go. Having traveled to over a third of the world's countries, many of them developing nations, I can honestly say that Cuba is truly unique. Traveling with Professor Herman was a great experience. As a group leader, Professor Herman deftly handled the challenges of safely shepherding a group through a country as challenging as Cuba was for travelers. As an educator, he made sure that every day was one where we learned something new and unexpected about our host country. As a traveler himself, Professor Herman's curiosity about the culture, history and people of Cuba was infectious. It was a trip that I won't ever forget and I plan to return as soon as possible." - Neeley Main (Cuba Trip Alumnus, 2010)
"A life changing trip…" - Laura Oliphant (Cuba Trip Alumnus, 2010)