Since the last entry was a little wordy, how about an entry a little more picture centric? These are all images that I captured during my time in Havana, both before and after our time spent at the resort in Vedado. More on that Friday. While these aren’t images that I necessarily was taking as part of my portfolio, or just didn’t make the cut, they do add some color to the story and experience.
The view from our bed and breakfast was pretty astonishing. To look out on the horizon where the water met the sky and nothing in-between was phenomenal, but sometime just looking down offered a peak into life.
One night after walking around I spent about forty-five minutes leaning over the balcony waiting for cars to drive by. Not many cars past by that day, maybe 20ish. Some solo, some in groups. This was the photo closest to working for me, but at the end of the day it just wasn’t what I was looking for. However, I do still like it. It looks very illustrated to me, and there’s something about that aesthetic that I like. In a way it also reminds me of a toy car on the children’s rug that looks like a small city.
Another voyeuristic view from my perch. This one of a young couple spending the last of the days light lounging on the nearby parks steps. I wish they didn’t smoke, it’s a vice that I know is all but impossible to quit. I don’t know if they have education about the harm that it does, but they seem blissful in this moment.
Outside of Havana there was plenty to see. In my previous post I had shown images of the large Jesus statue and El Morro. Here’s one image that’s in my book if you happened to purchase one. Also an alternate of the sunset image of El Morro.
As it was described to me, this sculpture represents Cuban’s helping one another during time of crisis. I have a great admiration for this work and skill set to create such incredible imagery.
El Morro sunset alternate. It’s amazing the amount of light that exists even with the sun this far down, but it diminishes quickly.
Finally, here are an assortment of images from walking around the city of Havana.
This was taken within Hotel Raquel. We walked past the entrance and saw a great lounge area. We walked in and were blown away by the stained glass ceiling four stories above us. We asked if we can take photos and the concierge told us we can ride the elevator to the open roof. We did and then made our way down the stairs. I remember the light actually being warmer and more orange in real life, I had to tone it down a little in post production.
Cuba has no shortage of beautifully ornate churches. I can’t remember the name of this specific one, but I was bummed it was closed. This house of worship was one of the few that I didn’t get a chance to go inside.
Ernest Hemingway famously loved Cuba. He even owned a house (and many six toed cats) here. While we didn’t take the time to go see the house he lived in, we did take some time to go visit his favorite bar Floridita. It’s kind of a tourist trap, but the drinks are good and there’s a life size bronze statue of Hemingway.
There were so many vintage cars in varying stages of falling apart or reconstruction. Each with their own flavor and character. This photo never made the cut, but there was something about this guy driving it and his dashboard mounted fan that I needed to get a shot of.
Walking home along El Malecon afforded me many views like this. If walls could talk it looks like these disrepair, patched, and painted walls could elaborate forever.
Here’s another image from my book that’s available on blurb HERE (Shameless plug). Most of the time I like simple streamline modern design, but there’s a apart of me that loves the work and craft that went into this building’s façade. Also the car is a wonderful blue.
Lastly, if you get the opportunity to go to Havana you will no doubt spend some time in Plaza Vieja. You need to visit the Camara Oscura which offers a unique incredible view of Havana. Then stop for a burger and a beer at Factoria Plaza Vieja.
This is the view of from the roof of the Camera Obscura building. Not all of Havana is brightly colored but all of it has soul.
Lastly, what is the internet without cats? Nothing, I tell you. Plaza Vieja has a bunch of these malnourished but well mannered little fellas. You’ll find them taking refuge in the shade and coming up to you lovingly looking for a little food.
Next: Beach resort in Vedado. See y’all on Friday!