Street scene in Trinidad
Here’s a simple street scene in Trinidad, photographed without much preparation while walking through that crossroad. Although there are a couple of details I don’t like (the partly masked pedestrian, the woman sitting in the stairs masking her face with her hand), I think it represents well the atmosphere of Trinidad: a pretty colonial building, the sign of a popular taverna where one can listen to some live music, people chatting on the shady side of the street, an old American car and practically no traffic. If I remember right, this was taken at the very location where the first houses were built at the foundation of Trinidad. There’s a plaque on the wall, but it doesn’t seem to be directly related to this. It’s rather in honour of Bartolomé de Las Casas, a Dominican friar, writer and advocate for the humane treatment of the indigenous people of the Americas. Just to give you an idea, here’s a short but striking passage of what he wrote after witnessing many atrocities during the conquest of Cuba: "I saw here cruelty on a scale no living being has ever seen or expects to see". On a lighter note, the name of the taverna is La Canchanchara. This is also the name of a well-known Cuban cocktail, but was it concocted there, I have no idea.
Cuba is famous for its old cars. There would still be nearly 60k classic cars on Cuba’s roads and they are considered a National Heritage. Quite an enjoyable aspect for the tourists and photographers, but not sure Cubans think it’s so pleasing and funny. Because one couldn’t legally transfer ownership until recently, a car could have been in the same family for decades and so more or less become like a family member. I imagine that a sort of love-hate relationship could develop. For what I have seen, most of the owners of old cars would now use them for private taxi service. One can think that if all restrictions were lifted, including the American embargo, most of these cars would leave the island in a matter of a few months and their owners would then cash an incredible amount of money relatively to their present income. If you’re planning a trip to Cuba, don’t worry because it’s not going to happen soon. After all, a National Heritage, that’s something that must be protected!
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PaulVDV (29901) 2013-11-10 12:07
Une ville très pittoresque avec la rue pavée et les maisons dans de nombreuses couleurs douces.
Ce n'est pas seulement une ville musée, il y a beaucoup de vie dans la rue. Et bien sûr, la vieille voiture américaine ne manque pas.
Meilleures salutations, Paul
williewhistler (16398) 2013-11-10 13:31
Hello Claude,this is such an attrctive street scene,there are so many elements to enjoy,from the man walking purposefully into the scene to the cobbled street and distinctive buildings the whole scene is delightful.
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-11-10 18:44
impressive and a classical cuban frame.love the whole ambiance here,with the classic car and the architecture.lovely colors.
dta (79525) 2013-11-11 0:43
Bonjour Claude ,
Comme j'aimerais visiter un jour cette ville aux rues pavées , et à la remarquable architecture coloniale , où la vie semble s'écouler si tranquillement . Mais peut être est-ce le rythme de vie que l'on retrouve partout à Cuba ?
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-11 3:57
Hello Claude - The thing that strikes me about this shot is the relaxed feel you have managed to convey. It looks as if life is lived at a slow pace and the obvious community spirit is a quality little seen in busier parts of the world. A delightful shot. Warm regards Rosemary
holmertz (55091) 2013-11-11 8:39
A very nice composition with great colours and light. You give us a good view of the attracitve buildings and also made the scene lively by including a number of people and the old car. The man walking across the square is well placed to give balance and depth to the picture.
olive224 (2719) 2013-11-12 10:33
Une jolie composition qui reflete bien la sérénité de Cuba
Lumière superbe et composition dynamique
macjake (69877) 2013-11-12 10:36
I really like how the entire scene is layed out.
its open in the middle yet closed a bit on each end, I like that.
the light strikes the cobbled street so smartly too, and the blue on each side contrasts so nice with the yellow in the middle.
and of course I have to say I love the old car too, its a nice focal point for me.
I'll be going to cuba in December....was it difficult to find your way to Trinidad? how long did you stay in Trinidad...any tips? We'll be staying in old Havana most of our time i think.
lousat (93776) 2013-11-13 2:47
Salut Claude,j'ai laisse' le coeur la bas,quel magnifique souvenir tu montre nous,une perspctive parfaicte,avec aussi l'auto annees 50 sur la droite pour completere le cadre,parfaicte capture aussi des couleurs et details.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano
npecanhuk (75592) 2013-11-15 7:40
Lovely and beautiful street & daily life photograph with excellent sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition too!
TFS - congrats,
yquem46 (38752) 2013-11-22 8:52
Une bonne image qui parle immédiatement de Cuba
Maisons aux couleurs pastel, vieilles américaines, gens vivant sur le pas de leurs portes... tous les ingrédients sont là dans cette bonne compo, avec en plus le marcheur qui nous introduit dans le scène
Très bien fait
Bon WE, amicalement
mvdisco (17794) 2013-12-19 6:48
J'aime bien les scènes de rue et celle-ci est très bien composée,
belle perpective et détails,
J'aime bien la 'chevrolet 1958' stationné en bordure de la rue et l'architecture des bâtiments..
Belle lumière, contraste & netteté,
Belle présentation aussi..
tous mes compliments....Michel
- Copyright: Claude Belanger (cebe) (1491)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic DMC GF2, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-10 11:57