Cuban Faces in Black and White #2

Cuban children wear uniforms to school. It was mid-morning when this picture was taken in Old Havana. Havana Cuba Day 1

Cuban children wear uniforms to school. It was mid-morning when this picture was taken in Old Havana. Havana –  Cuba Day 1

On Callejon Hamel.

On Callejon Hamel.

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016. A tourist on Callejon Hamel.

Taken from our balcony on Calle Neptuno. Central Havana February 2016

Taken from our balcony on Calle Neptuno. Central Havana February 2016

Taken from our balcony on Calle Neptuno. Central Havana February 2016

Taken from our balcony on Calle Neptuno. Central Havana February 2016

On a tobacco farm (finca) in Vinales, Cuba

On a tobacco farm (finca) in Vinales, Cuba

Young Cuban Faces #2

Cuba Day 2 - Who are these white women with their big cameras?

Cuba Day 2 – Who are these white women with their big cameras?

It was my colleague who charmed him into the big smile.

Cuba Day 2 - Shy but charming.

Cuba Day 2 – Shy but charming.

I didn’t look for shots of children – and they were largely in school when we prowled around Central Havana. These next two shots were taken on the Sunday when we went to hear Afro-Cuban music on Callejon de Hamel.

Twins on Callejon de Hamel

Twins on Callejon de Hamel

A willing subject on Callejon de Hamel

A willing subject on Callejon de Hamel

It was fairly late in the afternoon when we walked down this street; children were home from school and playing soccer.

Duelling Cameras: another photo workshop group!

Duelling Cameras: another photo workshop group!

Works – Cars – in Progress –

Cuba Day 3

Cuba Day 3

On many streets in Havana cars are parked, which, on closer inspection, you can tell are under repair, and are probably not mobile. My orange Plymouth favourite was one.

Several times we came across cars that were being worked on.

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana – A car in what I came to think of as Havana aqua.

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Havana Street Art 1

Advertising art from another era - Havana Cuba Day 1

Advertising art from another era – Havana Cuba Day 1

Since my last post from Cuba featured some street art, I’ve decided to show more in this and the next few posts (on Thursdays.)  I’ve arranged them by the day they were taken. These are all from Old Havana.

Beautiful advertising art on stucco walls.

Beautiful advertising art on stucco walls.

Sancho Panza is a brand of cigars in Cuba so this sculpture also serves as a type of advertising. However, Havana is rather taken with Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote -and there are other statues around the city of characters from the book – so this is advertising is only indirect.

El Sancho de la Habana (1989) by Leo D'lazaro - Havana Cuba Day 1

El Sancho de la Habana (1989) by Leo D’lazaro – Havana Cuba Day 1

A Sculpture of an entirely different style - Havana Cuba Day 1

A sculpture of an entirely different style – Havana Cuba Day 1

There was a whole range of wall painting of which you will see more later.

Not all wall art is this detailed or beautiful.

Not all wall art is this detailed or beautiful.

Simplicity

Simplicity

Cuban Two-Wheelers

Seen near Vinales, Cuba

Seen near Vinales, Cuba

I usually take lots of photos of bicycles. I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t during my February trip to Cuba. Perhaps they were inside courtyards rather than on the streets?

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

I did take (too) many photos of the old cars for which Cuba is famous (stay tuned) but not very many of motorcycles. I do remember looking into entrances to courtyard parking areas and seeing numerous motorbikes, so perhaps they too were kept off the streets.

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

I’m not sure what he’s doing to his tailpipe, but, if he’s trying to get something out of it, that would explain why one wouldn’t want to leave one’s bike out at night!

Central Havana Day 4 - February 2016

Central Havana Day 4 – February 2016

Manhattan Monday 47 Chavez

New York City - across the from the East 51st Street side entrance to St. Patrick's Cathedral.

New York City – across the from the East 51st Street side entrance to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

I took this picture almost exactly one year ago, on June 11, 2015.

A colourful poster of Hugo Chavez brightens the windows of a tired-looking building with a tired flag – the Consulate General of Venezuela.  Chavez had died 27 months earlier; the current president is Nicolas Maduro.

If you want to read what’s happening in Venezuela today – try this link from Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC. Or this from the UK’s Guardian on Venezuela’s serious internal problems.