Just as Cars and People hanging out in the street are common photographs to capture in Havana, so are scenes like this one here.
Although I have no definitive proof to back it up, my hunch would be that locals in Havana don't have washers and dryers to clean their clothes. So you'll often see people hang them outside their windows and over their balconies to dry off in the hot sunny weather.
Combine the colorful clothes with the colorful rustic architecture and suddenly it becomes a photographers paradise :)
In various parts of the world, this activity is seen and viewed differently. For example, here in Vancouver if I hung my clothes out to dry outside MY balcony, I'm sure my neighbors would be picking up the phone to make a formal complaint! haha...But then again, if you do this in Vancouver, you'd be waiting a long time for your clothes to dry because of how much rain we get lol.
Where I grew up as a child and teenager in Eastern Canada, in Newfoundland, the idea of hanging clothes out to dry is still practiced today and is 100% accepted. Funny how its like that.
Thanks for looking, have a great TE Day.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-22 6:25
you can hang out washing in the UK, no problem. I have seen the Queen hanging out her smalls on the balcony at Buck House - only joshing! She has someone to do that for her. I think images like this add to the character and lived in feel of Havana and can see why this appeals to us lens carriers. There is so much beautiful detail in this shot and it works so artistically on several levels. Love it!
You must live in the posh part of Vancouver!! ;-).
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-01-22 6:33
J'aime ta photo, ses couleurs et cette architecture si particulière. Le linge séchant dehors est typique des pays du Sud. Dans le cas présent, c'est effectivement un bonheur pour les photographes, mais ce n'est pas toujours aussi harmonieux que sur ta photo.
I like your photo, colors and this special architecture. Drying laundry outside is typical of the South. In the present case, this is indeed a happiness for the photographers, but it is not always as harmonious as on your photo.
emilbo (22616) 2014-01-22 6:40
On ne peu pas dire que c'est vraiment esthétique, j'ai vu çà souvent dans le Sud mais on ne voit pas çà chez nous. C'est vrai que ça ajoute de la couleur à la photo. J'aime bie l'architecture du haut de l'édifice qui n'est surement pas jeune. Une photo intéressante qui nous montre bien les coutumes d'ailleurs.
Cordiales salutations du Québec sous un froid polaire,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-22 6:49
Hello Craig - I hang my washing outside in my laundry yard but if it was seen festooned across the facade of our home we would get complaints! It is quite usual to hang washing out in the sun to dry and there is nothing to beat the smell of wind-blown, sun-dried washing. I think if I lived in a perpetually damp climate I too would have a drier though!
A characterful shot where once again I love the rather distressed but grand details of the facade. The washing gives the shot a little local narrative. Lovely.
Warm regards Rosemary
Nicou (143238) 2014-01-22 6:56
quelle vue sur cette façade sueprbe iamge et compo avec les détails architecturaux et ce linge de couleur qui pend sueprbe image.
Bravo et amitié
papagolf21 (102460) 2014-01-22 7:02
J'ai bien aimé votre note d'accompagnement et votre façon de penser.
L'image est excellente à tous points de vue sachant mêler architecture et vie quotidienne (vêtements en train de sécher).
J'apprécie beaucoup ce genre de composition.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-22 7:05
I like your note on this image you have captured, we differ so much through out the world to what is acceptable or not. Great to make the old grey cells work in this grey dull weather we are having I think you guys have sent your rain our way. Super colours and well thought out.
dta (78612) 2014-01-22 7:32
Hello Craig ,
THis is a superb capture of the washing against a "superb" rustic facade .
The subject is interesting , too . In my region , we use to hang the clothes outside . But i've seen that new habitants , coming from big cities , don't like that . And there are some private housing estate rules that forbid it .
emka (98894) 2014-01-22 8:57
Hi Craig, I like such views with drying laundry but maybe because I am TE-Member:). We see it rarely in Warsaw. One reason is that it can rain or is cold. But I have a garden and there I can dry whenever I wish and no one sees it. These pieces of cloth look very picturesque but even without it the photo would be beautiful with this splendid decoration of the window.
WArm regrads Malgo
lousat (92110) 2014-01-22 9:02
Hi Craig,all the Habana's facades had something to special and are always a great opportunity for a nice and original pic,great capture of this elegant facade in ruin but wiht a colorful washing day too,spectacular details and colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
holmertz (53590) 2014-01-22 10:30
Drying your laundry outside certainly saves energy, no doubt. Another advantage is the obvious pleasure it brings to foreign photographers. With bright colors like these even I don't need a person standing on that balcony. I enjoy the traces of great architecture too.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-22 10:44
one architectural gem next to another.Would love to visit Cuba one day.
And concerning the washing drying outside-well,the same scenes you can see in many European countries,like Portugal or Malta,so maybe it has more to do with the warm,sunny weather there.
Anyway,well spotted and executed!
Have a good day
imageme (1790) 2014-01-22 12:31
Hi Craig, This is still common scenery in the under developing country as the dryer and washer are not commonly found in the area. I saw similar scene in the village of China and Hong Kong too few year ago when I visited there. In Canada, we allow to hang our clothes in our backyards and that is acceptable. Hanging clothes in the front balcony is rare but it is not forbidden only it is not a good practise. Nice notes along with this daily life scenery. Thank for sharing
COSTANTINO (65822) 2014-01-22 12:37
it is a shot with great originality
I liked your useful notes that locals
in Havana dont have washers and dryers
so often see people hang them outside their
windows and over their balconies
great contrast between interesting
architectural details and colorful
a superb wasing towards a superb local
worldcitizen (8708) 2014-01-22 16:44
I say: "acceptable". :-) Especially in Havana! ;-) This colorful laundry just adds to the atmosphere. It seems like people's clothes are just as colorful as they are! When I was a child my mom would always hang our laundry on the clothesline in our backyard. Now I seldom see any laundry out to dry, but when I do, it's not as colorful as the laundry in your photo! Another fascinating facade, too. :-)
mirosu (16265) 2014-01-22 19:34
I think if you do not have space for drying the cloths, you must hang it out of window. This does not look nice but what to do. The best example is China or even Singapore or Hong Kong.
Excellent old façade close-up photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
annjackman (21899) 2014-01-22 23:33
An interesting comment regarding the acceptability of hanging out washing where it is in pubic view. I always enjoy the rows of washing hung over the back streets of Venice. Colourful clothes make wonderful pictures when set against a rustic BG. This one ticks all the boxes with a very deterioated facade and lines of some colourful items.
Kind Regards, Ann
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-22 23:48
Ce washing day très coloré sur fond de façades un peu défraîchies est un très beau sujet photographique. Une scène courante dans certains pays et qui a disparu dans la plupart de nos grandes villes françaises (sauf au sud!)
dkmurphys (59279) 2014-01-23 0:24
This laundry subject is a part of their everyday routine so is a genuine image. Not acceptable is the ruined facade of that amazing building....
tyro (25338) 2014-01-23 2:49
Perfectly acceptable, I should say!
Funny how different things are either acceptable or unacceptable in different societies and different places. Here I guess that it's considered totally acceptable to hang out your washing in the privacy of your secluded back garden but it would be frowned upon if you displayed it at the front of your house.
But here it has given you a wonderful photographic opportunity and the brightly coloured clohing adds another dimension and brightness to the already interesting facade of this crumbling and worn old building.
The light and colours are superb, your composition excellent and the details, textures and sharpness are exquisite.
snunney (100154) 2014-01-23 3:14
It all depends on your point of view and the neighbourhood you live in. It is true more and more people use machines to do their washing and drying but you can't beat the small of sheets hung to dry outside! There is certainly a nice selection of laundry on display here and it looks splendid against that wonderful façade, somewhat battered but still retaining great charm. Thanks for sharing.
mesutilgim (95400) 2014-01-23 10:08
Hello dear Craig,
Why not accept, that's also a part of tyhe life in Cuba !
The Wall at back still has marks of passed good times.
And according the sized of tha laundry they are many manyu kids in that house.
Anyhow nice and teachfull captute.
TFS and best regards
boa (7375) 2014-01-23 10:41
in Sweden it is fully acceptable to dry the laundry outside but few do that in central Stockholm, mostly due air pollutions from the cars. I like to se laundry outside, it is a good evidence that people actually are living in beautiful houses like this. Interesting shot and a good contribution for TE!
Have a nice evening/
EstudioChispa (2174) 2014-01-23 11:36
The colors and textures in this scene are fantastic, Craig, entirely apart from the socio-political Q of line-drying one's laundry! I would have been inclined to crop this shot to the right 2/3 of your frame, but I would have been wrong there; the negative space of the wall in the lower left is a perfect balance for the details on the right side.
I learn so much here -- seriously.
Silvio1953 (144514) 2014-01-23 12:28
Ciao Craig, lovely washing day with fantastic facade as BG, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
rigoletto (34279) 2014-01-23 16:59
hi crg. i enjoyed reading the controversy going on here. for me (who worked for more than ten years in a company manufacturing household stuff) it is simply a matter of being a country having a dry climate or not. in a country with dry air and warmly smiling sun, why sould people pay for a stupid tumble drier that deliberately consumes more and more energy? and the dumber thing is that, an "environment friendly" drier manufacturer tries to make the tumble drier "energy efficient" by wasting the times of lots of engineers in "energy efficiency projects"... the best way of saving enery is not using energy, if possible. isn't it so simple?
ps: i eventually left the company :)))
jhm (153792) 2014-01-24 2:33
Maybe for us norm not acceptable, maybe for these people completely normally.
Here in Flemish Belgium see we this never, I think a little bit the mistake of the woman and the modern dryers in the kitchen.
I like the nice old façade of these building
A wonderful composition and excellent captured.
Lovely presentation, with fantastic colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-25 2:41
anche questa non manca di rimarcare l'aspetto desolato e nello stesso tempo grandioso degli edifici nell'Isola di Cuba.
Un'altra ottima occasione per rimarcare un aspetto dell'isola che è anche uno dei motivi del suo particolare fascino.
Ottima la composizione quanto bello il soggetto.
Gradevoli per la loro delicatezza i colori.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
cornejo (43007) 2014-01-25 5:18
Hi Craig, very good picture of this interesting composition with an interesting note, beautifully captured in this image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Cricri (120199) 2014-01-30 9:47
J'ai beaucoup aimée ta note, tout comme cette image de cette façade aux décorations extraordinaires en plus du linges colorées :-)) belle présentation
delpeoples (58356) 2014-02-03 18:03
Well as someone who does not own a clothes dryer, I say, more power to them. This practice is so wonderful and reminds me so much of Naples - in fact, wet laundry should be on their flag. I love the colour, the chaos and the historical aspect of this part of daily life. And the architecture is pretty wonderful too. Nice tight frame, a little heavy on the old HDR for my taste, but what can I say ;)
Have a wonderful evening, hope you're not working too hard
Hansaphotos (8147) 2014-02-10 11:44
Well, when it comes to drying clothes, I`m afraid I have to admit that the situation here in Bergen is quite similar to the one you have in VC, haha. Your photo here is an intriguing mixture of architecture and a daily life scene. Many interesting details that all together give us a lot of information about the life here, without a single word! I have been looking for a scene like this here, but for obvious reasons it`s not a common scene most of the year here on the Norwegian west coast. Fascinating capture:)
adores (45641) 2014-02-16 14:54
Just beautiful, the details of the old house and the colourful clothes drying outside. This is a familiar scene to me, as it's very common in the Mediterranean countries. Here, we find clothes drying outside almost everywhere:)!
cebe (1491) 2014-02-25 14:36
A beautiful facade in bad condition, so much Havana as I remember it. The clothes bring a colourful touch and, combined with the neglected look, speak of the daily life over there. About the acceptance of hanging washing outside, rules can get a bit complex: one of the first thing I learned when arriving in Norway, no clothes on the line on Sunday; old people just can't take it. But that was 20 years ago.
Warm regards, Claude