Havana

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

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

Eye On The Ball In Havana, Cuba Streets

Eye On The Ball in Havana, Cuba Streets

 

Havana baseball sport photography
Eye On The Ball In Havana Streets

 

Keep your eye on the Ball. Easy to say but in practise, not so effortless to “eyeball” the fleeting object in the effervescence of sparkling faces, vibrant action and zealous screams.

The keen street photographer stumbles across children at play with a backdrop of crumbling Havana architecture; a focused scene in a capsule- bright, tropical sun with subjects engrossed in the main event – Winning! Winning the ball, winning a score, winning confidence of mates, winning the competition, winning for the team. For a few moments, troubles in life are masked by the absorbing, all encompassing bouncing ball, an inanimate object of inconsequential size that releases human spiritedness once buoyant. Street photographers are always looking for a story so watch the kids who are keeping an eye on the ball.

For more on children playing ball in Havana streets, see also:

Havana, Cuba – Its All About Baseball in the Streets

More Than One Story in Cuban Baseball

Everyones Playing Games on Cuba Streets

 

 

 

Havana street travel photography
Where Did It Go?

 

Havana street travel photography
Out Of Control!

 

Havana street travel photography
Keep Your Eyes On The Ball, Not Me!

 

Someone’s Always Dancing To The Tropical Beat In Cuba

 

Someone’s Always Dancing To The Tropical Beat In Havana, Cuba

For a city of over 2 million, Havana streets are peaceful, but that doesn’t mean they are quiet.

Music of every genre intermixes with the requisite dancing in the eateries, the hotel lobbies, the bars, the cafes and the clubs and spill out into the street at any time. When Cubans have access to anything, they “make do” as best they can, offering a fascinating peek to outsiders unfamiliar with a forced recycling of every aspect of life and the results of such resourcefulness. Rustic, historic, charming and gently deteriorating, Havana is a city of contrast, a living cemetery of things past, hundreds of years of undisturbed relics. The recent influx of visitors has afforded opportunities to locals previously unimagined and yet Havana remains largely unspoiled, waiting to tempt visitors’ sensations. It offers what the capitol of most developing countries offer, but the twist here is the contrast between being “caught in time” and the subtle creep into modernity that can be witnessed on the streets, as locals eke out a living in a world between “pause” and “forward”. Havana deserves more than a day trip for those willing to leave the beach and slip down a few side streets wandering back in time.

Get into the beat and enjoy the show.

 

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/01/23/havana-a-canvas-creeping-into-modernity-one-stroke-at-a-time/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/01/16/more-than-one-story-in-cuban-street-baseball/

http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2012/11/20/havana-hardtop-heaven/

 

Havana Cuban Dancing
Evening Performances Of Cuban Music And Dancing

 

Havana Cuban Dancing
Cubans Dancing In The Streets Happens Anytime

 

 

Havana Cuban Dancing
Most Havana Hotels Have Music On Daily

 

 

Havana Cuban Dancing
Cuban Children Preparing For A Street Show

 

Havana Cuban dogs
These Cuban “Working Dogs” Grab Forty Winks Before Their Show