I put a little teaser in my previous photo about the bouncing soccer ball...well, here's the photo where the ball doesn't bounce.
To see the local boys playing soccer with a deflated ball, to see them playing baseball without gloves and with tree branches for a bat is pretty disheartening.
I know this photo isn't a great visual or anything thats super interesting, but it is truly cultural from a Cuban point of view.
Seeing this again really makes me wish I had a new soccer ball to give him.
The way he's looking at the ball suggests he's thinking...come on, really?!!
Hope you like it
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Nicou (126246) 2014-02-04 1:28
Très très belle vue et iamge avec le stand en fond et ces deux personnages dans la rue quelle perspective sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-02-04 2:14
I do like this photo for its content and the note you wrote accompanies it very well. It is true that deflated ball looks really sad and so does the boy.
The whole image is still quite well planned and the POV you chose allows to see also a bit of every day street scene in the second plan.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
snunney (87272) 2014-02-04 4:29
A catchy title! An interesting daily life image. I bet these kids have just as much fun playing with a deflated ball then their wealthier counterparts in full kit.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-04 5:05
can identify with this shot, the number of times I played footie as a kid with a punctured old ball! Looks nothing like the street I lived on though. So much wonderful character and an image that is full of interest and fascinating insight. Perfect and original imagery, as always Craig.
This kid looks more like a basketball player.
Sergiom (63939) 2014-02-04 6:00
Il est clair que le ballon a connu des jours meilleurs, mais il sert encore et servira encore longtemps tellement les gens sont pauvres à Cuba. Mais , ils s'amusent encore beaucoup. J'aime le point de fuite dans cette image.
emka (82540) 2014-02-04 7:33
Hi Craig, Another nice scene from Cuba. I remember these photos looking at quite different viedw - the boys playing football in snowy weather in Helsinki - my hostel was on the stadium. Pleasant view. Nice a bit subdued colours.
Warm regards from somwhere between Helsinki and Tallinn on Baltic frozen sea.
rychem (25844) 2014-02-04 9:29
Good reportage photo of the life on a street in Cuba, very well spotted, nicely composed and prezenter
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2014-02-04 10:08
So this is what you meant! And I can completely see that expression in his face, the same one I would have to be honest. An interesting post, and a good comment on the conditions that the people of Cuba endure, albeit from a very small and precise viewpoint. I never fully understood the reasons behind this to be honest.
I would hazard a guess though and say that despite the deflated ball, this kid is probably a thousand times happier than kids on other parts of the world that have the best of balls and kit.
lousat (79772) 2014-02-04 13:12
Hi Craig,a very nice long perspective with a typical scene from the Havana street with a gy playing football,great quality of detail everywhere to show us the best of the unique facades,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Royaldevon (31771) 2014-02-04 15:09
I can really identify with your sentiment for I remember seeing groups of boys at every street corner, or every isolated patch of grass, in Pakistan, playing cricket. They had bottles as bats, sticks as bats, boxes as wickets, tree stumps as wickets, they were immensely inventive with anything they used. But, I have to say they were having a great time. They were no better or worse off than anyone else and they were learning the game so well. I had to think, if they could hit the ball with these implements, just think how good they will be when they eventually use the real thing!
The guy in your photograph certainly has the height for basketball. His mood looks pensive as he considers his next move! Maybe one of those boxes behind him would suffice as a basket, for shooting rather than bouncing. I'm sure he will find a way round the problem.
Am I an optimist, or what!
Thanks for sharing this,
worldcitizen (7297) 2014-02-04 16:43
I have a similar deflated basketball in my house. :-) I like the body language of the boy looking at the ball, while some business takes place down the street. As usual in Havana, there is some nice color on one of the houses, too. Maybe I should get rid of my deflated ball; my nephew has tried to play catch with it, and it hit me like a ton of bricks!
jcpix (13724) 2014-02-04 17:53
Oh man, I can't tell you how many times I've had that same look of disappointment when the ball is no longer in play. This makes me laugh. :) At first glance this seems rather unassuming, but looking over the details there's a lot of interest in this relatively minimal street scene.
The boy looking at the ball as if his wishes will bring it back to life, the man in passing which is probably thinking...well, nothing really....and then the street vendor in the background with what appears to be a customer, all comes together to fill the void of any particular action or main subject.
Shoot, even an empty street would have held interest for me with the perspective and all of those gritty textures. C'mon ball, re-inflate already!! :) For the true love of the game in places like this, it's a pity they don't have better equipment and conditions. Enjoy the rest of the evening.
Cheers from the site of the next Super Bowl,
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-02-04 22:51
No bounce indeed you certainly know how to tease.
Great daily life scene in a Cuban street with this lad making do with a flat football. Our kids have too much and do not appreciate and value what they have. Growing up in Zimbabwe I saw plenty of poverty, and kids making toy cars out of old scraps of wire, but who is happiest?
Great colours and Pov, and super seeing the back streets.
jjcordier (77818) 2014-02-04 23:04
Cette photo est bien caractéristique de la vie dans les rues de La Havane et donc digne d'intérêt.
Graal (99110) 2014-02-04 23:08
interesting series about the daily life at Cuba. Good shot, fine street reportage. Well comment and photo-work.
Have a nice day.
fabbs99 (16799) 2014-02-04 23:11
The street looks more like North Calcutta.Old buildings and narrow sidewalks.Very well captured.Hope there are more to show in days to come.TFS.
ikeharel (60339) 2014-02-05 8:17
Yet another fine outdoor's in Havane scene, and beside the archi.-details on, I look at the people and what they were doing out on the street.
maybe I'd take this even closer to the vegtables vendor location, but I reckon in this case to give-up the inclusion of the youngster playing ball on right.
Anyway, you bring a view from another world, for me at least - a theme with the true spirit of TE.
annjackman (20371) 2014-02-07 7:42
A very good street scene from Havana. The deflated ball still gives this lad something to kick around in the street. Very typical Cuban scene and delightful to look at.
Kind Regards, Ann
ktanska (25301) 2014-02-08 4:57
Indeed there is certain feeling of sadness on those guys playing with flat soccer ball. But even more depressing is playing baseball without gloves, that's almost impossible. And I know how popular baseball is in Cuba.
tyro (21106) 2014-02-09 5:52
Again you are showing that your abilities as a photographer are boundless - no longer just pictures of interesting architectural details and features, but now, more and more, photographs of people - and fascinating ones at that.
I agree with you - there's a dreadful sadness about this picture and, oh, wouldn't it just be wonderful to give that guy a new ball? The deflated ball just looks so pathetic and he looks so sad as he gazes down at it.
This is a wonderful "reportage" photograph but also a finely composed one which shows these old buildings and the street scene to good effect. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and your usual exquisite details and sharpness.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (58824)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-08
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-03 22:55