Red Cuban Cars and Selfie

Two of my PEI Photography Club colleagues are in this first photo. They tell me that someone came to deliver two flats of eggs to the Volkswagen as it sat in the middle of the road.

Outside a small farmers' market in Central Havana February 2016

Outside a small farmers’ market in Central Havana, February 2016

I don’t know if this is the same pink taxi as in the one that won me a prize in the PEI Photo Show in May, but it could be.

Cuba Day 3 - Outside the Christopher Columbus Cemetery

Cuba Day 3 – Outside the Christopher Columbus Cemetery

On the first day of our photo workshop, before we left our accommodations, our tour leader challenged us to shoot ‘selfies’ throughout the week. Here is one of my favourites.

Cuba Day 2 - Who is that crazy woman?

Cuba Day 2 – Who is that crazy woman?

 

This is my last post about cars in Cuba.  That’s not to say there won’t be motorcycles or cars in the background!

For some of the previous posts on these fabulous relics check here, here and here.

Cuban Cars in Black and White

A line of taxis parading up Calle Neptuno on their Central Havana circuit.

Havana Cuba Day 1 - and one of the first pictures I took after stepping out from our B&B

Havana Cuba Day 1 – and one of the first pictures I took after stepping out from our B&B

The front of the car with its driver is featured in the post on green Cuban cars.

Cuba Day 2 - Taxi service, Central Havana.

Cuba Day 2 – Taxi service, Central Havana.

Love this photo….

Cuba Day 2 - Somewhere in Central Havana

Cuba Day 2 – Somewhere in Central Havana

A different photo of the same car was included in the Green car post.

Cuba Day 2 - Gangsta car!

Cuba Day 2 – Gangsta car!

This is the same photo which headlines the Car Details post from a week ago.

Cuba Day 2

Cuba Day 2

White Cuban Cars

Impala Chev, Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

Impala Chev, Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

Continuing the colour-themed Cuban car posts, we now come to white. I don’t recall seeing many black cars in Cuba.

Impala Chev, front grille, Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

Impala Chev, front grille, Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

We spent an entire morning in the immense Cristobal Colon cemetery outside the main part of Havana. I’ll post other photos from there later.

Cuba Day 3 in the cemetery: Cristobal Colon

Cuba Day 3 in the cemetery: Cristobal Colon

I tried for a long time to get a decent shot of an older car cruising on the Malecon (the waterfront street) with old buildings in the background. Between the amount of traffic and my lack of practice with panning, this is the best shot I got.

On the Malecon. Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

On the Malecon. Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Okay, this last one is grey; but I ran out of categories and it doesn’t fit anywhere else.

Chevys Rule - Old Havana, Cuba Day 1

Chevys Rule – Old Havana, Cuba Day 1

Blue Cuban Cars

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Industrial Champion – Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Another colour-themed collection of car photos.  Some would argue that the photo below belongs in the green post from last week, but to round out the blue numbers, I’ve put it here!

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Chevrolet – Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Taken from the balcony of our Bed and Breakfast above Calle Neptuno:

Central Havana February 2016

Cuba Day 4 – Central Havana February 2016 – Taxi stop 

The young taxi driver was very proud of his 1948 Plymouth which he was using to taxi people from Havana to Vinales. He was quite willing to pose for portraits but one of my colleagues kept getting in the way so I had to make do with this shot.

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Ply_outh, Vinales, Cuba

Ply_outh, Vinales, Cuba

Plymouth Portrait

When I was 5 or 6, (in 1953 or 1954,) my parents got their first car. I don’t think it was new, but it might have been. Our next-door neighbours had a Ford; my father had purchased a Dodge. I hopped into the passenger seat, picked out the letters on the dash and said: “D-O-D-G-E – Ford.” I’ve never really been into cars.

All week in Havana I was on the lookout for an early 1950’s Dodge. This is the closest I got. Plymouths were “in” in Cuba, Dodges were not.

Cuba Day 3 - Central Havana Street Photography

Cuba Day 3 – Central Havana Street Photography

 A Plymouth of the right shape and beautifully painted.

A Plymouth of the right shape and beautifully painted. But not a Dodge.

Cuba Day 3 - Plymouth interior

Cuba Day 3 – Plymouth interior

I’m 68 and when taking a closer look at the photo below I just realized where this car model got its name. The sculpture on the tail light is of a ship; landing in Plymouth, Mass, USA. I’m Canadian; that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Cuba Day 3 - Around the back.....

Cuba Day 3 – Around the back…..

Cuba Day 3 - Aha, this is why it was sitting on the street!

Cuba Day 3 – Aha, this is why it was sitting on the street!

Cuban Two-Tone Cars Take Two

Since we looked at two-toned cars in my post last Thursday –  here are a few more.  I wonder if this colour trend will make a comeback in my lifetime.

Most of the cars below are taxis on their regular circuit up Calle Neptuno.  Taken from a balcony.

Havana Cuba Day 1 - taken at dusk. You can see the reflection of the sunset bouncing off the pavement in front of the first car.

Havana Cuba Day 1 – taken at dusk. You can see the reflection of the sunset bouncing off the pavement in front of the first car.

Havana Cuba Day 1 - Also taken at dusk from the balcony of our B&B on Calle Neptune.

Havana Cuba Day 1 – Also taken at dusk from the balcony of our B&B on Calle Neptuno.

Havana Cuba Day 1 - Central Havana at dusk.

Havana Cuba Day 1 – Central Havana at dusk.

Cuban is nothing if not colourful, but sometimes the variety and intensity of the colour is overwhelming. Like not being able to see the forest for the trees.

Cuba Day 3 - This car was red and white an the building in the background was blue and one guy was wearing purple....

Cuba Day 3 – This car was red and white and the building in the background was blue and one guy was wearing purple….

The photo below was the last one I took after a long tiring morning and mid afternoon of shooting and it was one of my favourites from the day.

This car was purple and white but the surrounding colours were distracting. I love it in B+W

This car was purple and white but the surrounding colours were distracting. I love it in B+W

Cuban Cars

Blue wall art, green taxi.

Blue wall art, green taxi.

My last Cuban street art post ended with a blue taxi next to blue wall art. This one starts in the same location with a different car. It was obviously a popular pick-up and drop off location on this particular taxi circuit. Taxis in Havana don’t have stands, they drive continuously in a well-understood route and you just flag them down.

As I was preparing this post, I realized that you don’t see a lot of two-toned cars these days: Mini Coopers and the odd convertible (well, odd where I live because the weather is only warm enough for maybe 30 days a year to put the top down.)

Two tone red.

Two tone red.

Two tone silver-grey.

Two tone silver-grey.

Two tone with swish.

Two tone with swish.

I had no idea of how to organize the many (don’t ask how many!) shots of colourful 1940 and 1950’s cars I took.  I certainly can’t do it by marque because I don’t know, but I think the last one is a Chev. Please chime in if you know what cars these are!

These four shots were all taken on my last day in Havana, in February, in the Central Havana District.  Many more cars to come.

 

Havana Street Art 9

On a door = Central Havana Cuba

On a door = Central Havana Cuba

These first two pieces of street art were not typical – not graffiti, not political, not professional, not edgy. Representational and charming and bright.

Door in Central Havana Cuba

Door in Central Havana Cuba

I cropped this very tight because I couldn’t get rid of all the distracting elements around it any other way:

Hanging in a park where we had lunch in Vinales, Cuba

Hanging in a park where we had lunch in Vinales, Cuba

This is my last post on Cuban street art. And, this last photo is a segue into the next series of Cuban posts on (surprise! NOT!) on Cuban cars.

Blue Graffiti, Blue Car - Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Blue Graffiti, Blue Car – Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

The Future in Cuba

Colourful Cuba: new paint, bright cars, cheerful tones, friendly people

Colourful Cuba: new paint, bright cars, cheerful tones, friendly people

I took a photo workshop in Havana in February for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that I wanted to see it before it changed.

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that the US President, the Pope and the Rolling Stones all visited Cuba this year.  How will Cuba evolve with increased access to US visitors and investment?  Will the 1950’s cars, kept running through determination, resilience and creativity disappear? Will the streets be paved? Will the wabi-sabi houses be renovated and re-juvenated? Will Cubans be as resourceful? Will the social equality continue?

Balcony with plants.Old Havana.

Balcony with plants. Old Havana.

For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Future.