I know this photo certainly won't be winning any awards, its quite rudimentary and basic. Sometimes though its not about the bright lights and beautiful colors, its about the scene itself.
So I guess thats what I have here.
Traveling to Cuba, I knew I'd have to step it UP a notch and be braver in approaching people for photos.
This scene here is that in a nutshell.
Tosca and I had walked right passed this local barber shop...we were just a half block away, i turned to Tosca and said...I just have to get a photo from the inside!
She told me to go for it so i did. I walked back, stepped inside the front door (which is open anyways because its Havana) politely asked if I could take a quick photo.
The barber in the fg on the left nodded. So i took a couple of shots with my wide angle.
You can see that not everyone approved. The young man in the back is covering his face with his hat.
And if you look real close, you can see me in the mirror on the back wall, to the left of the black poster, i'm holding the camera up to my face.
I'm glad the wide angle got everyone in the scene. Not a pretty photo, but i think an interesting one with locals doing what locals do. Think about it, have you ever seen the inside of a Cuban Barber Shop before?
Hope you appreciate this one.
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kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-15 1:48
I think this is a very engaging shot and certainly fits with Trek Earths motto of learning about the world through photography. Lucky you, going to Cuba. I have a very dear friend who has visited several times in recent years and she raves about it as a photographers dream. I like the wide angled approach and lack of eye contact from your "subjects". A true glimpse into another world on several levels
Great shot'Thanks for sharing
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-15 3:10
this is superb, such an original and fascinating take. Bold and creative imagery that pushes the TE boundaries, which is something I admire - so well done. Hate having my hair cut and now have a No.2 crop so its a "do it yourself" job for me.
Regards - B.
Assume you know what the cockney rhyming slang for Hampton is! So a town called Big Hampton would be extremely popular with the girls me-thinks ;-).
snunney (90030) 2014-04-15 3:31
The wide angle works extremely well here, putting the viewer in amongst the action. Like many barber shops all over the world, a mix of characters and styles. Fine daily life image very appropriate to the aims of TE.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-15 3:48
che ti infilassi anche dentro il negozio di un barbiere non me l'aspettavo, ma devo dire che ne è valsa la pena perchè ne è uscita una foto eccezionalmente viva e dinamica e soprattutto aderente alla vita del popolo cubano.
L'uso del grandangolo poi ti ha permesso di immergerti nella loro attività.
Sembra di essere tra i clienti del locale tanto l'immagine è viva e reale.
Ottima la ripresa anche dal punto di vista tecnico per qualità, contrasto e definizione.
Ciao e buona giornata
CLODO (32198) 2014-04-15 4:31
As you say, this picture will not be admired by the TE members, it is far away from what they want to see; but for me, it's the everyday life, with no artificial pose, what we see (but rarely notice) and never take in picture. It depicts the Cuba way of life.
Congratulations to dare to take it.
Sergiom (67502) 2014-04-15 4:59
Une vraie scène de la vie quotidienne avec de vrais gens dans un moment critique. Certains sont d'accord, d'autres pas, mais l'idée était bonne et bien réalisée.
Fis2 (90089) 2014-04-15 6:37
Goiod frame and perspective.
Have a nice afternoon
holmertz (45281) 2014-04-15 7:52
A funny picture and really a lot more interesting than the average photo of the average church. I'm not sure exactly what we learn about the world from this photo, but I'm sure we learn something. And just enjoying a picture is worth a lot.
lousat (82636) 2014-04-15 9:25
Hi Craig,a common scene from the Habana streets,but very rare to see on TE,i like your today choice,an original post showing us the new barbeers copyng the american rap style for the young boys,excellent capture with the special effect of lens distorsions,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
rychem (28111) 2014-04-15 9:27
Photographers don't use to take photos in a barber shop, it is a rare opportunity to see such scene, good documentary photo, very well spotted
Gigidusud (18065) 2014-04-15 11:14
For me it's a nice document, I'll post it in my hair salon! Ahah ah!
Great capture to this daily life scene. Well done!
Thanks for sharing.
Graal (100114) 2014-04-15 11:15
amazing report, good shot and presentation this interior. Fine theme about the daily life. Well done photo. Amazing effect of wide angle lens.
Have a nice evening.
marabu61 (9503) 2014-04-15 12:06
Now that is quite bold of you to just step right in this hair dresser and snap away. The scene looks very naturally and unposed, almost as if nobody had taken notice of your presence. (ok, with the exemption of the man in the back). I know that I would never have had the nerve for that.
In a way I can understand the reluctance of people being photographed in the street by strangers. I always try to imagine myself, sitting in my front garden, sipping a beer, when a stranger shoves his lens in my face and starts clicking away. Now would I like that? I think rather not (but then I am a very introverted person anyway ..)
You stated in my last photo from Marrakesh than Morocco is high on your travel list. But be aware, that the Moroccons really dont like to be photographed and can become agressive and I mean really agressive, it was sometimes scary. We where even prevented to take photographs from market stands in the souks even without people in it. Or other just demanded money even when one takes a general photo of a place and one can't just avoid to include some humans in a busy street or place.
have a great day
ktanska (25903) 2014-04-15 12:06
It makes an interesting and busy view thanks to wide angle, many people and all those mirrors. Wide angle takes you so far away that it is quite impossible to recognize you or the camera. 4 non blondes on a haircut!
Noel_Byrne (27440) 2014-04-15 12:42
Certainly an interesting scene, and I can honestly say that no, I have not ever seen the inside of a Cuban barbers! A first time for everything. Great scene to take with the wide angle, and its nice the way the people are naturally spread out across the scene like this too. You know when I first saw the thumbnail of this, I thought this was an image of some swirling dervishes from Turkey. Sometimes my eyes play very weird tricks.
Thanks as always
npecanhuk (70086) 2014-04-15 17:11
Very interesting daily life picture!
What I mostly like here is all that hair on the floor! Quite hygienic! Just kidding!
TFS - congrats,
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-04-15 17:43
Technical 'oerfection' flies out the window in shots like these, Craig, and that's a good thing. Too much time spent choosing the right lens, working the angles, and you lose the great candid nature of the shot. This is a window into a moment in the lives of these guys, and it's a great one - lots of engaging action from everyone in the place. I applaud your bravery, too - I'm terrible at approaching people for shots like this, so I'm impressed that you're trying harder and harder to do so with your work. Thanks!
jcpix (13814) 2014-04-15 21:20
I challenge your notion that you've taken a "basic" photo...don't sell yourself short my man, this is awesome!
This right here encapsulates the down home, welcome to the neighborhood, home cookin' kind of vibe. It makes me think of the barbershop scene in Coming to America...guys just hanging out in the shop, telling stories, arguing about things, talking sports and the every day stuff that happens around town.
Your intuition has been well established by going back to seize this opportunity, because the result is something we can all relate to. Hell, I'm glad I still have enough hair to even cut (albeit minimal), so I welcome a barbershop! :)
You've captured the action succinctly, each patron and barber holds intrigue...even the two kids at the back are interesting in their poses. A super look inside the daily workings of Havana. Your note is spot on, it's about the interactive scene taking place. A big round of applause for this one!!
Enjoy the new day. Take care.
Cheers from down South,
fabbs99 (16817) 2014-04-15 23:49
Nice colorful composition of the barber's shop from Havana.This has the same atmosphere as you will find one in Calcutta.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. TFS.
Giustiniani (3604) 2014-04-16 2:09
une superbe et surprenante scène d'intérieur, un salon de coiffure qui retient l'attention. J'aime beaucoup, bien vu!
emka (86535) 2014-04-16 23:24
This photo reminds me the scenes in India, I saw many such barber shops and often made photos of them, but rather not asking for it, just shooting. Interesting many reflections. The guy in the middle looks funny. And I can't find you, probably the picture is too small.
When do you go for your next travel?
Have a nice day
worldcitizen (7622) 2014-04-18 10:52
No, I've never seen the inside of a Cuban barber shop before, so I can accept some wide angle weirdness with this view. ;-) I like the action, and the splashes of color - especially the red in the foreground. It seems that the guy in the red chair got the red tarp, and the guy in the black chair got the black one. I wonder if it's planned that way! Great daily life scene. :-)
siudzi (34141) 2014-04-21 3:51
Excellent daily life scene this taken based on the brilliant observation. It has a really unique look and fantastic mood of the place. Like it! Well managed and composed scene. TFS! Happy Easter!
rigoletto (34279) 2014-05-01 6:29
with each of your photos from cuba, i am further assured that, the place is a latino copy of balat! this is very similar to an old town barber's shop in istanbul. this haircut scene is more interesting with three customers turned to each other to have a daily chat, the barbers probably included in the same chat (or they are simply hiding their faces like in your note). i was amused to learn from an american pal of mine that, even the haircut issue in the states is standardized and automized. you select your haircut style from one of the standard types on the computer screen and the procession begins.
delpeoples (55094) 2014-05-04 2:44
A while back I took a photo inside a barber shop, at Santo's insistence. Like you, I was scared of doing it, mostly about the idea of being told to F*ck Off by someone - I can't handle rejection. But I'm glad I took the shot, just as you are. And I'm glad you took this shot. It's such a great part of daily life, and timeless in its own way. Aswell as the inside of this barber shop is particularly retro without even trying. Love the wide angle and am I the only one thinking this, but how rough is the guy on the right's haircut? Oooooeee!
Good on you for being so brave, and capturing an intriguing scene too
serp2000 (42096) 2014-05-25 8:41
LOL! Funny story, Craig! Yes, I see your blue T-shirt in the mirror. Very interesting and original report from a local barber shop, you are right, I am not expert of barber shops in Cuba. Thanks for this post.
All the best wishes,
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (61504)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/15 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-15 1:08