Even though for the past few years Cubans have been able to buy new cars, the vast majority of cars are pre 1960 classics. Cuba must have some of the best and most creative mechanics around, as they have been able to keep these cars going all these years without new parts; instead using whatever parts they could find from other cars or even other appliances. It is rather incredible and impressive.
Amidst the urban decay, trees take root in the strangest places. Did you ever watch the show "Life After People"? It's a series that explores what our planet might be like if the human race were to suddenly disappear. There are many scenes of nature taking back the city. In Havana, you get a little taste of that, even though the people haven't disappeared.
My eyes and brain are still reeling from the visual cacophony that is Havana. The density of details to absorb here is perhaps higher than any place I have visited to date. There is the beautiful, the ugly, the astounding, the incomprehensible and the tragic. And you can encounter all of that in the span of a 5 minute walk. Walking through Havana is a great workout for the brain as you are constantly trying to figure out what is going on around you, and as a photographer, what to focus on. In this first post, I start from above, getting an overview, before diving into the details.