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

Hong Kong Street Photography

All of the pictures here were taken from the Hong Kong Central and Mid-Level escalators.

Pedestrian traffic at the intersection of the escalators and a cross street.

Pedestrian traffic at the intersection of the escalators and a cross street.

In Asian cities there is no space - outside for a clothes line, or inside for a dryer. Laundry drying on a balcony is a typical sight.

In Asian cities there is no space – outside for a clothes line, or inside for a dryer. Laundry drying on a balcony is a typical sight.

The construction site on the right is protected by razor wire and construction fallout is kept from landing on the escalators by a bamboo and plastic bib.

The construction site on the right is protected by razor wire and construction fallout is kept from landing on the escalators by a bamboo and plastic bib.

A cross street that ran under the escalators/walkways.

A cross street that ran under the escalators/walkways.

Better in Black and White?

Better in Black and White?

Next Chinese post: More Hong Kong Street Photography

Hong Kong by Night

After the harbour light show we walked back to the Metro (called, in English, MTR.)

What are you preparing for?

What are you preparing for?

Large lighted sculpture of cartoon characters. You can see how big they are by the size of the people walking around the edges  of the platform.

Large lighted sculpture of cartoon characters. You can see how big they are by the size of the people walking around the edges of the platform.

We had to walk up a major shopping street to get to the Metro…

A luxury shopping neighbourhood.

A luxury shopping neighbourhood.

In tropical and sub-tropical countries, orchids abound. But to a northerner, seeing them in flower boxes or growing wild, it seems very exotic.

Urban flower pots in a hot climate.

Urban flower pots in a hot climate.

This photo was taken before the light show as we walked back down from Victoria Peak (previous post) to get the Star Ferry (previous post) back to Kowloon.

In many cities I find the surname of my kids, and think they may appreciate a photo.

In many cities I find the surname of my kids, and think they may appreciate a photo.

Conspicuous Consumption Chongqing

Ah, Mont Blanc. I still dream of owning one some day.

Ah, Mont Blanc. I still dream of owning one of you some day.

The ads and the high-end stores would have you believe that much money is being spent in China on luxury goods.  Our tour guides told us several times that Chinese people with money do like to show it off.  We found that branded goods –  at least the ones we looked at: Apple products, and cameras – were much more expensive in China.

The faded look to the buildings is because of - your guessed it - smog.

The faded look to the buildings is because of – you guessed it – smog.

I don't suppose Samsung is considered a glamourous item these days.

I don’t suppose Samsung is considered a luxury
item these days.

Classical columns and giant ads front one shopping arcade.

Classical columns and giant ads front one shopping arcade.

Another interesting side note on consumption was that we were given two opportunities for buying knock-offs, another product for which China is known.

I liked the graphics on this window.  We were inside this shopping centre because someone in our group had discovered that the washrooms were really nice!

I liked the graphics on this window. We were inside this shopping centre because someone in our group had discovered that the washrooms were really nice!

Warning: selfie below…

I have never understood the fascination with high end purses...

I have never understood the fascination with high end purses…

Next Chinese post: more from Chongqing’s high-end shopping district.