Cuba

Photographer Haven Havana, Cuba

Photographer Haven

Havana, Cuba Wins

 

Hanging out in Havana, Cuba is getting easier every year.

Rustic, historic, charming and crumbling, Havana is a city of contrast. Take architecture, ranging from every era since Columbus landed over 500 years ago. Streets marching out European colonial, Art Deco and mid-Century modern, deteriorating gracefully as locals eke out a living in a world caught in the past. And then, there is transportation for every speed from horse pulled buggies to “American cars” and variations in between. Vestiges of the flight of owners who did not agree with leftist rhetoric of the mid century coup. And the people, except for the odd hustlers who usually take the first “no” as a definitive answer, Cubans are “mind your business” and “make do” kind of people.

And here lies the contrast. When Cubans have access to colour they apply it with a heavy brush…youth meandering down the Prado (a wide boulevard built in the late 18th C) in sexy, current, bright attire- chatting vigorously, they dress as well as they can. Where paint is desperately lacking in the architecture vivid colour is applied liberally in the recycled cars, the street costume/attire and the street art. And the rest have been making do as best they can. Cubans are the ultimate recyclers. Most travellers expect interesting sites, activities that miles of sandy beaches will satisfy, friendly people, good food (well, 3 out of four isn’t bad). Cuba offers what a lot of developing countries offer but they don’t have …, well, almost all, the cuisine is sketchy. Havana deserves more than a daytrip for those willing to slip down a few side streets, take in live Cuban music at the Café Paris.

The traveler to Havana has something to learn resourceful.

For more on Havana and Cuba, see also:

Eye On The Ball In Havana, Cuba Streets

Cuban Faces

Cuba Street Photography – Who Says Tropical Must Be Colorful?

Everyone Is Playing Games In The Cuba Streets

 

 

 

Havana Cuban Dancing
Cubans Dancing In The Streets Happens Anytime          ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Havana travel photography
Cuban Art Displayed on El Prado                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Havana street travel photography
Where Did It Go?                                                               ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Cuba street photography
This Havana Man Can Fix Any American Car                ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Cuba street photography
Not Everyone In Havana Drives An American Car ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Havana Cuban Dancing
Cuban Children Preparing For A Street Show ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Havana Cuban Dancing
Evening Performances Of Cuban Music And Dancing ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Havana travel photography
Smiling Cuban Girl Dancing In The Street                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

Photography In Cuba – Perspective

Photography In Cuba – Perspective

 

Travel gives a new perspective. Fresh faces, new streets, old folks. One way to take in the new perspective is to vary the perspective physically, up, down and all around. Sometimes, straight on works well too.

Most local folks don’t even notice.

 

Havana travel perspective photography
©Heather Simonds         Photography Does Not Bother The Players

 

Cuban travel perspective photography
©Heather Simonds                Cuban Park Vigil

 

Cuban travel perspective photography
©Heather Simonds            Havana Street Watch

Cuban Faces Let You Know

Cuban Faces Let You Know

Cubans, even city folk from Havana, are friendly by nature. Cuban faces soon let you know how welcome you are.

The street photographer usually can depend on the same routine. Not that anything or anyone on the street is ever routine or predictable. A quick exchange, a nod, a response, friendly smiles and presto, a connection is solidified. The dropping of a few CUC’s (“convertible” money/pesos in local parlance) helps. Stating the word “Canada” often instantaneously takes advantage of the warm relations between Cuba and Canada. The ones that never got frosty through the American embargoes and frigid oratory that even the warmest Caribbean breezes could not thaw to rapprochement. There are Cuban faces to capture under hot rod hoods, faces making and smoking cigars, spontaneous conversational encounters (melodious and verbal) and even grannies keeping a vigil on Cuban life streaming by.

The heart of Cuba is its people. You can tell by the faces.

For more on Cuba street activities and places to capture Cuban faces, see also:

Cuba Street Photography – Who Says Tropical Must Be Colorful?

Eye on the Ball in Havana, Cuba

Someones Always Dancing in the Streets in Cuba

Havana Hardtop Heaven

 

Cuban travel photography
©Heather Simonds, The Heart Of Havana, Cuba

 

Cuban travel photography
©Heather Simonds, Cuban Park Vigil

 

Cuban travel photography
©Heather Simonds, Cuba Portrait

 

Cuban travel photography
©Heather Simonds, Cuban Street Exchange

 

Cuban travel photography
©Heather Simonds, Havana Street Watch

 

 

Cuban travel photography
©Heather Simonds, Not Every Cuban Street Portrait Is Human

 

 

Cuba Street Photography – Who Says Tropical Must Be Colorful?

Cuba Street Photography – Who Says Tropical Must Be Colorful?

Since the advent of color photography, black and white or monochrome has competed for its place in the “light”. Toning is manipulated as a vehicle to focus on primary subjects and supporting background while keeping the message true. Street photography in Cuba, with the use of anachronistic and historic elements, is a great place to see black and white perform its magic: caught in time, young and old, work and games, fun and hardship, modern and historic, are some of the conflicts that  weave together a good yarn of imagery.

Cuba street photography in a kaleidoscope of color or in black and white, which do you prefer?:

Eye On The Ball

Havana Cuba Its All About Baseball In The Streets

Everyone Is Playing Games On Cuba Streets

Someone Is Always Dancing To The Tropical Beat In Cuba

 

Havana street games photography
All Eyes On The Baseball

 

Havana travel photography
Photography Does Not Bother The Players

 

Havana travel photography
Monochrome Magic

 

Havana music travel photography
Music Is Always On The Streets In Havana-Priming For The Next Gig