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
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
Okay, this last one is grey; but I ran out of categories and it doesn’t fit anywhere else.
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!
Chevrolet – Cuba Day 6 Central Havana
Taken from the balcony of our Bed and Breakfast above Calle Neptuno:
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.
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
A Plymouth of the right shape and beautifully painted. But not a Dodge.
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 – Aha, this is why it was sitting on the street!
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 silver-grey.
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.
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.
For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Future.