Some information on the politics behind the billboard courtesy of an article in the NY Times written by James C. McKinley Jr. and published on August 5, 2007:
"In Cuba, they call them “the five.” Their faces are plastered on walls and billboards everywhere. Merely being a relative of the five grants celebrity status. Even children know them by their first names — Gerardo, René, Ramón, Fernando and Antonio.
Cuba’s government has put signs and posters [...] all over the island as a reminder of the imprisonment of the five men.
They are not a boy band.
They are middle-aged men who have been sentenced to long prison terms for spying, Cuban officials maintain, not on the United States government, but on right-wing Cuban exiles in Miami who are considered terrorists by the government here.
All five — Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, René González and Fernando González — were convicted of acting as unregistered foreign agents and conspiracy to commit crimes against the United States. Three were also convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, on the strength of evidence that they had gathered information on military activity at a naval air station in Key West. In addition, Mr. Hernández was convicted of conspiracy to murder in connection with the deaths of four Cuban exiles whose two light aircraft were shot down by the Cuban Air Force over the Straits of Florida in 1996.
Meanwhile, the “five heroes” have become the biggest propaganda tool that the one-party, Communist government of Cuba has come up with since Che Guevara. Their names and faces appear on walls and signs all over Cuba, with the word “volverán,” meaning “they will return.” Cuban officials never fail to mention them as heroes in official speeches and ceremonies."
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jemaflor (97979) 2014-01-23 23:37
Well composed with the lonely biker, a photo typically from Cuba, good contribution.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-25 8:20
A nice morning scene. No traffic, the lone vendor on bicycle, a lady waiting at the door for someone -- cool and peaceful. I liked the atmosphere. Good lights and good placement of the house in the frame.
Very well done. Thanks for sharing.
npecanhuk (75502) 2014-01-25 8:25
Very interesting and attractive architecture & daily life photograph! I enjoyed reading your note too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent1
TFS - congrats,
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-01-25 11:35
great view with spectacular composition, the colours and lights are very nice,
Fis2 (98503) 2014-01-28 0:35
Curious buildings and portraits.
I like POV and colors.
Photo has climate.
Waylim (25502) 2014-02-03 9:42
Very good shot. I love it. You really captured the feeling of place that is still stack back in time, in the 1980's The old Colonial style building, the poster, very Communistic era style, the quiet street, with only one person on the bicycle, which is also an essential element of the era...I also like the colors with good vibrancy but not overly saturated.
- Copyright: Caleb Ficner (kwekwekan) (1078)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-26
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS8
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-23 17:01