The architecture in Havana was probably my favorite in any city I have traveled to, speaking from a photographic standpoint that is :)
It was astonishing to see how it didn't matter that the buildings were in complete dis-repair, that they were almost crumbling, that if I threw a large rock at it the building could very possibly fall to the ground...people were still living in them with their families.
You could find people looking out of their windows on every street, and despite of the poor conditions they seemed to always be smiling.
Just as this woman here is smiling at me, she waved and even blew a sweet kiss in our direction, wanting nothing back in return.
What you see in this post, along with my last post of the boy playing baseball in the street, is the current state of the infrastructure in downtown Havana.
Hope you enjoy this photo
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emka (72058) 2014-01-05 1:01
Hi Craig, my neighbour today,
I can easily understand you were delighted in Havana although there are no skyscrapers there. charming shot of this old building and a smiling lady in the window. One can only imagine how this city looked like in your prime time. Now it is still beautiful but in disrepair and attractive for photographers. I would like to go to Cuba but therea re no good offers for flights from Poland.
fabbs99 (15657) 2014-01-05 1:21
The architecture of this old building from Havana is certainly eye-catching.The lady and her smile adds charm to the scene.Very well done.TFS.
lousat (71297) 2014-01-05 1:33
Hi Craig,beautiful surrounding effect made by the facade around the lady,perfect POV and imposing perspective,magnificent details of this old building so nice and so fashion,i like it!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Kamilutka (8081) 2014-01-05 1:37
I enjoyed your note as much as I enjoy the photo. The woman in the window seems to be indeed very friendly and happy. It is nice to be surrounded by so much optimism despite the crumbling house, which by the way still has plenty of charm. Well captured!
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-05 2:11
a very spectacular photo of this imposing architecture, the composition is superb, great details and POV,
snunney (78609) 2014-01-05 2:16
A fine capture of this façade, which though in need of renovation, retains much charm. The equally charming lady helps round off the shot and adds a touch of vitality to the scene.
jemaflor (79840) 2014-01-05 2:24
well seen and taken, good pov and curve, perfect detail with the lady on the window, well made.
SnapRJW (28762) 2014-01-05 2:36
Hello Craig - These old buildings must have been really swish in their heyday and in one sense it is a shame that they have fallen into such disrepair. However, as they look now make them great photographic subjects and combined with the human details they are totally fascinating. Another super shot. Warm regards Rosemary
siudzi (31637) 2014-01-05 2:39
Another fantastic capture from your trip to Havana. The building has been constructed based on a great concept, and even due to its poor current conditions, it still looks interesting and original! Superb shot taken with a perfect sense of the moment! Like it!
timecapturer (44241) 2014-01-05 3:09
the state of the buildings is what makes this place so fantastic. All that character and beautiful decay just makes it so appealing as a place to use up your memory stick.....if you catch my drift. This is a stunning shot and so perfectly executed. It looks amazing and what a lovely motive, what a wonderful world springs to mind, if all we take from life is a smile and a kiss. WoW! Filling up here! Only kidding....but it does make you think mate, doesn't it?
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
krzychu30 (15258) 2014-01-05 3:59
another great photo opportunity excellently used by you!
I don´t know how You,but I think the fact these buildings in Havana are in disrepair makes them much more picturesque and charming for tourist/photographers.
And the woman here makes your composition complete and makes the whole mood of the scene.
Have a good sunday
marabu61 (7211) 2014-01-05 4:22
The shabby chic of Havana is really charming indeed. And the pure joy of life and apparent happiness of the people living in these kind of houses should teach us spoiled westerners a true lesson in humility. We really should moan less about our lives indeed.
have a great sunday
Sergiom (53569) 2014-01-05 5:50
J'allais souvent dans cette région pour le travail dans les années 2000 et je pense que la la situation des bâtiments ne s'est pas améliorée. Je constate que la pourriture ravage les façades et que plusieurs vitres sont brisées. Mais le sourire reste toujours.
holmertz (36335) 2014-01-05 7:33
Another really nice shot that I completely enjoy. There is nothing like disrepair to give a picture a splendid atmosphere :-). It could possiby be that the apartments are nicer inside than the façades indicate, or maybe people just endure their low standard of living because it's the same for almost everybody else.
Noel_Byrne (19949) 2014-01-05 8:08
Its funny how you write that in your post, I spoke to a friend of mine recently about this phenomenon, and we remarked how it seems the happiest people in the world are those who have the least, while those who want for nothing seem to be always miserable. Funny old world. But what is really cool here, is that the angle you have chosen here looking up like this, and the intricate details of the building have made this lady look like a queen in her castle. Perhaps its the angle, the building or perhaps her invaluable smile, but she seems to me to be true royalty. Beautiful image.
All the best
tyro (18202) 2014-01-05 17:40
What a lovely story! It sounds as though Cuba, and especially Havana, is delightful with wonderful ancient architecture, ancient cars and, most importantly, lovely people!
This is a delightful photograph, firstly because of the fabulous architecture but the real "star of the show" is that little lady beaming down at you from her window.
Lovely composition, delightful colours, perfect exposure and exquisite sharpness - as always.
It seems as though your trip to Cuba has really convinced you that people can often really make an excellent photograph just that bit more appealing!
jjcordier (72530) 2014-01-05 23:00
Un couple note-photo très intéressant! visiblement, la dame à sa fenêtre ne semble pas insensible à ton charme. Bonne composition pour cette très bonne photo.
adidas5nb (4364) 2014-01-06 5:26
again a great pov from havana.it gives a classic representation of what the city is today.great low angle and the building has great character.
dkmurphys (45757) 2014-01-06 9:49
Superb image. I like the relaxed way of seeing life they had. The old colonial buildings are also amazing. Well taken scene.
Romano46 (16576) 2014-01-06 9:54
questa foto è la perfetta sintesi di quello che hai scritto nelle note e probabilmente è questo il motivo per il quale l'Avana e Cuba esercitano ancora tanto fascino.
La felicità del popolo nonostante le dure condizione nelle quali ha vissuto e continua a vivere è l'essenza della regione.
Una foto molto significativa per invogliare noi tutti ad un viaggio a Cuba prima che la civiltà occidentale ed il progresso la trasformino del tutto.
Ciao e buona settimana
worldcitizen (6405) 2014-01-06 14:28
When I looked at the thumbnail I thought the building was already turning in on itself as it crumbled, but now I see that it's just built that way. :-) More great details on this facade, and the woman definitely looks friendly and happy. I see there are bits of glass missing from some of the windows. Bugs must fly in on a regular basis!!
Periko (2209) 2014-01-06 17:07
Good framing, lighting and sharpness. You took the photo not from the best, but from the only available POV.
Walking on the streets of Havana is pleasant, because there are many interesting points for your camera.
claudeD (30097) 2014-01-07 0:56
you are right that Havanna must be a very fine spot for photographers. Excellent picture with the women and here smile which is really eyecatching.Very well done.TFS.
With reghards from Luxembourg
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-01-07 1:20
My immediate impression was not of disrepair but of a grandiose building. Well, at some time it was grandiose but your close details reveal its dilapidation; it's good because we appreciate both aspects of this building and reflect on what has happened to it during its existence.
Your viewpoint draws us upwards, with plenty of time to absorb the happy humour of the focal lady, seemingly oblivious of her tatty surroundings.
Have a great day,
jhm (134360) 2014-01-07 5:00
The smile is very clear but the kiss is not to see.
These black lady is exactly the owner that gives a speech.
Lovely architecture picture with nice decorative elements
A lovely perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.
mkamionka (29151) 2014-01-07 7:28
I have recently showed a photo entitled "the worst place to live" and yet I guess I should not complain for living conditions. It seems also that the smile on the face does not depend on the living conditions. I guess I have to travel there to investigate it :)
Beautiful house with great architecture or so it was some time ago. The damage is of course quite photogenic and you have perfectly used it here. The lady in the window adds some life, interest and warmth to the scene.
Excellent reportage photography,
imageme (1480) 2014-01-07 19:49
Hi Craig, I always found the buildings in Cuba is the most tasty architecture in the world despite its low standard of living. Wonderful POV as I panned it up and down it gave me different perspective of the building. Nice light controlled along with its original look. I like your description of this image very much. Thank for sharing
Mics (615) 2014-01-13 1:35
Yeah, you're right...that even in if they're living in old, decrepit buildings...they seem to have a happy disposition.
I like the paradox created by your POV showing a seemingly imposing, but old decrepit structure. The smile from the woman's face and your good light management added charm to the overall image. Good capture and good work!
adores (33868) 2014-01-17 14:56
Another example of beautiful architecture! It's old but still magnificent, with very nice details and the houses must be huge inside. I like your pov, the clothes drying outside and also the woman smiling at you. A charming shot!
kiks (11749) 2014-02-02 7:56
What a pitty that all this beautiful architecture works are in ruins!! And despite this conditions people still smille and enjoy life. A lesson for many people that live in good conditions but don't appreciat it!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (51264)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-05 0:49