Photo Essay: Colors and Crumbling in Havana

by Ekua on September 1, 2010 in captured on memory card,Cuba

While Havana didn’t always feel like I imagined it would feel, I found it to be one of those rare places that looked the same in real life as it did in pictures. There were the groups gathered on the Malecón to socialize, grand hotels that probably held interesting stories of opulence and indulgence in bygone times, the classic cars still moving along with the help of Cuban ingenuity. And of course, there was the fascinating juxtaposition of decaying and refurbished; buildings that have been left to crumble alongside those that have been renovated and painted in shades of saltwater taffy.

People gather on the Malecón, Havana’s living room.

A father holds his daughter’s hand as she walks on the seawall.

A tall building stands out in a row of buildings in various states.

A row of colorful buildings across from the Malecón

Urban decay.

Cathedral de la San Cristobal in Old Havana.

A bakery in Old Havana.

A statue in Hotel Florida in Old Havana

The classic Cuban must-shoot.

A market in Old Havana.

Clothes hanging to dry outside of windows, a very common scene in Cuba.

A street leading to the former Capitol Building.

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Lola September 1, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Lovely slice-of-life shots from Cuba! Like your angle on the statue in the hotel. It sort of gives the statue a life of its own.

Still one of those places I’d love to experience as well.

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Ekua September 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Thanks! You definitely head down to Cuba, I know you would come away with amazing photos!

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Herb September 1, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Very nice photos, doesn’t do the heat justice.

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Ekua September 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Seriously, it was the most incredibly humid and hot weather I’ve ever experienced. I guess the way to capture that would’ve been with sweaty self-portraits 😉

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Sunee September 2, 2010 at 12:49 am

I think your photos has captured the essence of Cuba. Not a place I imagine I’ll ever visit, but nice to be able to see it through your eyes.

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Ekua September 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Well if you do get the opportunity to go, take it. It’s not like anywhere else you’ll ever visit!

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Andi September 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Sorry I can’t write much, but I need to catch my flight to Cuba…haha! After seeing these pics I need to find a way to get back there ASAP. LOVED THEM!!!

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Ekua September 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Maybe just sail there? From where you are, it’s probably feasible, right 😉

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GRRRL TRAVELER September 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Love the Cuba photos. I’m feeling envious now! Do you feel Cuba is safe as a solo female traveler?

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