Havana is emerging slowly from tough times. There has been a US embargo in place since 1961 after the Cuban missile crisis. Cuba's close ties with the communist world ended soon after the collapse of communinism in Eastern Europe in 1989. The aid from the Soviet Union ceased and Cuba went through a very difficult time indeed until the mid to late 1990s when an easing of relationships with many countries of the world began. Tourism is now the most important economic sector. Havana is a an exciting city to visit with beautiful but crumbling colonial architecture that is slowly being restored. Havana is extremely hot in the summer and people often sit on shady street corners and chat to each other and people watch. These elderly ladies were doing just that - they have such interesting faces that I could not resist candidly photographing them. They must have experienced a lot of Cuban history over the years including the revolution from 1953-1959 that liberated Cuba from dictatorship.
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lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-20 6:42
Lovely shot of these older people sitting in front of the door. You have captured the expressions on their faces very well. Nice colors especially the pink.
Nicou (131494) 2011-03-20 6:51
fantastique image colorée, quelle captage ces dame danc e rose superbe attitude avec le fond de bois, grandisoe compo.
Bravo et amitié
tyro (22404) 2011-03-20 8:16
You have certainly visited some very interesting places and you have captured some wonderful vignettes of the people in those places.
The massive wooden door makes a fabulous background for this couple of elderly ladies engaged in conversation and the gay colours of their clothes and the red bag add to the interest. Curiously, the lady on the left has a pose which has a very masculine air to it - we don't often see ladies in this sort of posture here. I wonder what they were talking about: the price of food, their family problems or, perhaps, "Look at that foreigner over there with the camera - just ignore her and she might go away."?
Seriously, Ann, this is a lovely picture of ordinary people in their own environment, very well captured.
siolaw (38292) 2011-03-20 10:41
A nice slice of daily life, the two old ladies chatting in the shade look very friendly too.
Good framing along the door and pink walls.
sacimar (26205) 2011-03-20 10:48
lovely image of these two old-ladies, I like their face expressions and the composition with the big door in the background, good details, it's a nice job,
saxo042 (37724) 2011-03-20 11:27
The first things I notice here are the strong red and blue colours. The fine pattern and colour of the door behind them is also quite eye-catching. However, the more I look, the more interesting I find the faces of these elderly ladies. As you say, they must have experienced a lot in their life.
paololg (31448) 2011-03-20 11:30
Ciao dear Ann,
I have looked with pleasure your gallery, and I have to say that you are an excellent photographer. I like the way with which you capture the expressions of the people, always in interesting and spontaneous way. Also this beautiful image shows it. Sincere congratulation!
Ciao, have a nice week!
ciakgiak (30423) 2011-03-20 12:06
Hello dear Ann,
I really like your gallery, I like a lot how you capture the expressions of the people, I also like to take this kind of images. The colors are strong but still pleasant, the composition is perfect. Sincere congratulations for the great quality.
Have a great week!
Fis2 (90859) 2011-03-20 12:15
Good frame and colors.
Fine reportorial photo.
Ber (8233) 2011-03-20 14:43
I like their face expressions and the composition with the big door in the background. A nice daily life photo
corjan3 (2103) 2011-03-21 0:12
A fabulous photo with so much character - the people and all the other elements like the patterns, colours and textures all combine for a great result. And great quality too.
Ricx (13495) 2011-03-21 7:55
Hi Ann, A country I would love to visit.. It just seems to have made the best of what they have got and yet come out happy and smiling ( says a lot of western society- where kids get most things and still want more).. lovely bright colours and tones .. congrats TFS Rich
geoant68 (331) 2011-03-21 10:02
beautiful snapshot with the chatting of the two women to add life in the image.Superb the colours of the scene,red and blue.
peppe59 (14551) 2011-03-21 10:06
beautiful catch in Cuba, are expressions of these very special people, I also have two people in the same way, with the yellow house, two young men.
batalay (37205) 2011-03-21 17:54
The doorway provides an effective frame for this work of photojournalism, especially with the essay. I'd love to be able to visit, and I've had a few colleagues actually visit the island by way of Canada. Isn't there a sense of time capsule created in the 1950s?
mauro61 (52855) 2011-03-22 1:24
grande la tua capacità di cogliere queste espressioni con le due donne sedute a parlare.
Buona la resa della luce e dei colori,
vasilpro (41163) 2011-03-22 13:59
Wonderful portrait of these old women, a great contrast, lovely light and colors, excellent POV.
Warm regards, Vasilis.
claud26point2 (1418) 2011-03-22 21:03
What great colors and contrasts on this lovely capture of locals in conversation. You caught them at a great moment, leaving us wondering what the conversation was about.
serp2000 (42220) 2011-03-23 23:58
Fine capture of Cuban daily life. Good double prtrait.
I like this frame and original background. Cuba still has romantic nimbus for me.
williewhistler (15683) 2011-03-24 5:51
Hello Ann,I must admit I`m a sucker for oldies in candid photos,and this just made my day! So much to see and enjoy,from the casual pose of the ladies to the lovely textured door, a super shot of life in Havana.
Best wishes Les.
Waylim (25434) 2011-03-25 17:33
Very lovely shot the local senior citizens, while many tends to focus on the children and the younger generation. I hope their life are much better than their expressions here, they looks almost rather sad although sitting together they seem alone. The vertical format work okay, as I scroll down, it looks very good with just the two of them closer up. All is in good details and nice colors. Thanks.
papera (14170) 2011-03-29 11:28
good evening ann,
it seems that images like this one belong to Havana's daily life - in many photos I have seen, people spend time outdoors and chat, as if the street were their living room. this reminds me how it used to be for me in Italy when I was a child - one really would go home only to eat and sleep...
I like the fact that you have not over-saturated the colours - when looking at certain pictures form Cuba, I sometimes get the impression that "normal" colours are not good enough for some photographers, everything needs to be burned and hyper-texturized...
I was wondering how this massive door ends at the top - I feel like it's a bit incomplete ;)
all of my friends who have been to Cuba keep telling me to go now, before everything changes. I wonder how long I have left :)
have a good evening,
Robert1969 (7160) 2011-04-22 22:22
Timeless picture, the picture tells an story (what they are thinking ?), good composition, light and colors.
worldcitizen (7712) 2012-05-03 15:09
I am always struck by the look of resignation that seems to appear on the faces of most older Cubans. Their lives have been hard, even though their island is so beautiful. These two women also seem to be waiting for something that doesn't arrive. I like the large, wooden door behind them, too. Your candid photos of the Cuban people are great.
Noel_Byrne (27752) 2012-12-01 9:06
Cuba is one place I would really love to see, it looks to be full of interesting sites and people, as your capture here illustrates so well. Those faces do tell a thousand stories, and the colours are beautiful.
All the best
Miguel82 (26877) 2014-09-06 8:59
Great double portrait captured in La Habana Ann, natural pose, these senior ladies are discussing, it is always interesting to see the clothes style