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

Cuban Dogs Three

This is the last of three posts of 16 dogs in Cuba. Some dogs were beloved family pets and the owners were quite willing to show them off.

Sharpei?

Coddled in Central Havana February 2016

Coddled in Central Havana February 2016

Pug.

Beloved pet. Central Havana February 2016

Beloved pet. Central Havana February 2016

I love this one. I think the dog was blind even though it appears to be looking at me.

Havana Cuba Day 1

Havana Cuba Day 1

I don’t pretend to understand the significance of the doll, but thought it was an interesting juxtaposition with a dog named Gorki.

Gorki - Central Havana February 2016

Gorki – Central Havana February 2016

Okay – what does the cartoon on the left of this picture remind you of? It’s why I took the photo the way I did, but none of my photography tour colleagues agreed with me.

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

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

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

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!

Havana Street Art 4

 

I stopped to shoot the bike and the wall art and the owner came along and photobombed my composition!

I stopped to shoot the bike and the graffiti (and the refuse) and the owner came along and photobombed my composition!

Same wall art two ways…

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

Some wall art was on the side of buildings, others, like the one below, seemed to be on facades erected to hide empty lots or completely decayed buildings.

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana - This might have been outside a play school but whatever it was, was closed on a Sunday.

Central Havana – This might have been outside a play school but, whatever it was, was closed on a Sunday.

The background of this ‘map’ wall art is the Cuban Flag and I believe the locations and dates may be related to battles or successes in the Cuban revolution.  At first I thought it might be a sign for a bus schedule!  Any Spanish-speaking people or Cuban experts reading this who’d like to comment?

Cuba Day 3 - Somewhere in the west of Central Havana nearing the Vedado neighbourhood.

Cuba Day 3 – Somewhere in the west of Central Havana nearing the Vedado neighbourhood.

My previous posts of Havana street art are #1, #2, and #3.

Brooklyn Monday 2

Brooklyn Lebanese Restaurant

Brooklyn Lebanese Restaurant

Brooklyn Bar

Brooklyn Bar

These pictures were all taken from the top of a bus, in late morning, on a HOT bright day.  We passed a  restaurant I would have tried, had we stopped, and a bar, which I would have passed up.  We also got to see the brownstone houses for which Brooklyn is well known. If I were to live in such a huge metropolis, these houses would suit me fine!

Brooklyn Brownstones.

Brooklyn Brownstones.

Shady Brooklyn Brownstone Street.

Shady Brooklyn Brownstone Street.

See an earlier Brooklyn post here.