This scene to me, shows the everyday lifestyle in Havana.
First of all, you have the old car. Secondly you have the 'always open door' of peoples home - socializing with neighbors is what they enjoy most. Thirdly, you'll often see locals peering out of windows in the narrow streets to see what's going on. If they're not peering out of windows they often look down on you from above from balconies :)
It was surprising to always see the open door policy. Even at 2 or 3 in the morning you'll see or hear the locals outside chatting away.
So I was glad to get those 3 elements into this one scene. Hope you like it.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
For added information....
Yellow license plates in Cuba mean they are owned by a local private citizen.
White license plates in Cuba mean they are owned by a Government Offical
Blue license plates are State-Owned vehicles.
The first letter on the license plate gives the Province in which the vehicle is registered. For example on this car its registered in the Province of
La Habana (H for Habana)
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Sergiom (53793) 2014-02-07 5:26
J'aime bien ce cadrage vertical qui fait passer l'image de la voiture à la porte ouverte. Elle raconte une histoire et on peut en faire ce que l'on veut. Le pare choc pout aussi servir de poubelle.
snunney (78789) 2014-02-07 5:28
Perhaps, he's in the local neighbourhood watch scheme:-) Very interesting picture with a story to tell. Cleverly framed and with good colours and clarity.
mirosu (12288) 2014-02-07 5:48
Excellent car & house façade detail photo in perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
Romano46 (16578) 2014-02-07 7:58
nella bella composizione hai fatto una sorta di riassunto dell'essenza della città: vecchie auto, edifici malridotti e èpèpòazione fiera ed accogliente.
Il tutto però molto ben condensato in un taglio azzardato ma efficace che , oltre che per i contenuti si fa apprezzare anche per il piacevole accostamento di colori e di oggetti.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
timecapturer (44469) 2014-02-07 8:39
a shot that looks like it should be gracing the cover of some modern day western paperback novel. Full of wonderfully rustic and slightly romantic elements that just somehow seem made for one and other. A classic observational piece this and proof of your talent old chap. My cockney grandparents would go on about not locking your doors when they were young, but when you have nothing worth stealing it does not really matter does it. Lovely to see that ideology still exists somewhere in this wonderfully materialistic world of ours. Eye-opening and irresistible imagery Craig - love it!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
Noel_Byrne (20105) 2014-02-07 9:52
Completely obscure reference here, but the first thing that grabbed me is the finish of the car, that matte finish to the paintwork is very cool, and something I never see in real life. Doesn't hurt either that it looks like the Batmobile! As you say in your note, its a great capture of three important elements.
The idea of an open door at 2am is so alien to me, as I guess many of us who live in places with crime. It must be so cool to live in a place where you can fully trust those around you. A nice image to capture the spirit of the people of Cuba.
mesutilgim (79394) 2014-02-07 11:53
Hello dear Craig,
Just great ! The captuure itself, it's pov and compo and of course the title.
TFS and have a nice weekend
npecanhuk (60192) 2014-02-07 14:43
Very interesting, attractive and meaningful picture! Together with your note we just jump into the way of life one has in Havana! That's cool!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and, above all, composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly enjoyed!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end,
carlo62 (26884) 2014-02-07 16:13
questo scatto è splendido, composto superbamente, con tre elementi fantastici, l'auto, il portone e l'uomo, si amalgamano molto bene.
Una foto che sarebbe un successo anche in b&w.
jcpix (11044) 2014-02-07 17:48
How are you good sir? Oh, this is cool! For whatever bizarre reason, my eyes immediately went to the soda cans stuffed in the bumper of the car...what in the world is going on there?? Crazy,...and bizarrely amusing! :)
Awesome note about the license plates too, that's some good info...something I would have never even thought about before now. Now to the car...you couldn't have ended up with a better color to coincide with the darkened contrast of the open door and window. Love that trifecta of color and the way it's put together with this arrangement.
And of course to top it off, the man staring out the window...right in line with the every day life that you've narrated. Atmosphere, element and those super textures all rolled into a super depiction of the Cuban lifestyle and streets. Have I mentioned before, this is cool?!! :) Have a great weekend. Take it easy.
SnapRJW (28909) 2014-02-07 21:30
Hi Craig - I like this very studied and careful composition. The strong shapes, harmonious palette and contrasting textures are beautifully balanced and cohesive as a whole and yet individual elements can be enjoyed too. A shot with plenty to enjoy. Warm regards Rosemary
jjcordier (72640) 2014-02-07 22:43
Bonne composition verticale qui "raconte"' une histoire que notre propre imagination invente.
willperrett (5648) 2014-02-08 3:07
I like the vertical framing which adds depth to the scene. The inclusion of the face in the window is an important element. The car, the open door and the figure behind the barred glass of the window is suggestive of a story. But I don't know what it is...
marabu61 (7225) 2014-02-08 5:03
You summon up the cuban society in one great shot, very well done and it gives a real good insight in the cuban way of life. It seems that crime rate in Cuba must be quite low, if people can let their doors wide open like this.
The two Coke cans in the rear bumper of the car made me quite smile.
have a great weekend
Nicou (115336) 2014-02-08 5:29
quelle iamge et compo sueprbe captage avec le coffre noir le sigle qui brille et la plaque jaune et cette porte de bois en fond sueprbe iamge et captage.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (36712) 2014-02-08 8:35
A fine picture that makes me think of the Swedish poet Evert Taube, who has written a song called "The Girl In Havana". There are indeed a lot of interesting details here as well.
danos (82673) 2014-02-08 9:31
well chosen the vertical format with the three elements of the scene to are presented perfect.I like the created details,the open door and the man as watch the road.The light management enhance the charmy of this daily scene of the natives.
PS really this place,as the opposite of Canada Place,are the night diamonds for photographers.A place that visited several times during the days and nights.
krzychu30 (15260) 2014-02-09 0:41
They might be not rich,but they enjoy their life and take it easy without stress.It´s really superb composition,where you were able to capture and convey so much from Cuban attitude to life and their mentality.
And the car in the FG is also great addition to the scene.
Have a nice sunday
tyro (18308) 2014-02-09 5:43
You've given us a wondefully interesting and informative note and this picture, as you say, encompasses all those three elements to which you refer - the old American car, the ever-open front door and the fellow gazing out of his window at the street, clutching (as I suspect so many people here do) his cigarette.
The laid back attitude of people in Havana sounds attractive to a tourist, especially as it's very different from the go-getting attitude of most people in North America and Britain, but I suppose it doesn't really lend itself to a strong economy.
Your picture is wonderful! The light on the boot (?trunk) of that old car is delightful and I love the two Coke cans shoved down behind the bumper (?fender). The open door invites us to go in and look around this guy's home, probably quite a spartan place, as he gazes wistfully out at the street, dragging on his cigarette. Not much else to do, I guess, until a pal walks past and he can have some conversation with him.
Lovely light, colours and textures, an excellent composition and technically perfect with bang-on exposure, stunning depth of field (that wide lens has done it again) and exquisite details and sharpness.
marina7 (8049) 2014-02-09 5:52
I love car photos and Havana seems to be a place where you can spot some most stylish old dinosaurs.
Looking at your shot is like traveling back in time. A creative angle with the man in the background bringing life to the scene.
Thanks and cheers!
karacabeylis (1465) 2014-02-09 5:58
it is really wonderful to get different effects out of the different corners of a photo. nice shot.
holmertz (36451) 2014-02-09 8:09
A very interesting photo, showing a little of everything characteristic of Cuba. It's a very cleverly composed picture, but someone who saw you taking it may have wondered what on earth you were doing. It's really not the average tourist snap, but I like it.
batalay (34575) 2014-02-09 11:02
Another wonderful shot from inaccessible (for Americans) Cuba, a veritable time capsule for American cars of the 1950s. The title is most appropriate, emblematic of the photographer's sense of humor.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-02-09 11:07
Love this Craig,
Cuba through and through, classic car from another era, guy in his window having a fag,(pity it was not a cigar)and the open door of the warm welcome from the Cuban people.
Wonderful, you nearly captured it all.
Silvio1953 (115145) 2014-02-09 11:12
Ciao Craig, lovely and original composition with beautiful car and open door, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Royaldevon (25898) 2014-02-09 15:52
It's like turning back the clock.
When we moved to our present village, we rarely locked doors, neighbours were special and there was always lots of news to relate to each other and there was a general sense of open house.
Times have changed. People possess more valuable items, thieves can easily move between counties via motorways and there seems to be much less shame involved with making a living by defrauding others.
I'll get off my soap box!
This is the real 'nature' of people. We are a sociable species and like to know what is happening to each other, maybe to help, maybe to spread news.
I like how you have symbolised the moving into the modern age with the attainment of vehicles but show that that the older practices of neighbourliness and gossip are still right up there in importance.
My warm regards,
emka (72278) 2014-02-09 23:04
Hi craig, Haha, ypou managed to show three typical elements in one :) You made an investigation about the license plates in Cuba :). Picturesque house with open doors and windows. nicely composed.
Have a beautiful week. Regards back from Warsaw
annjackman (17541) 2014-02-11 1:42
Isn't interesting how quite a small element in a composition can make the picture so visually interesting. I refer of course to the man in the window passing the time of day looking out of the window. The slow pace of life is shown well here and the old car and the tatty facade of the house all make this a wonderful street scene.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (51418)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-07
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-07 5:17