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More Portraits from Trinidad Cuba | Adrian Seah

More Portraits from Trinidad Cuba | Adrian Seah | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Beautiful as Trinidad is, it would be missing the point simply to visit and the see the 'sights', nothing in particular has been packaged as an attraction, not in the typical tourist sense of the word anyway. The true magic of the place is the atmosphere, the people, the laid-back lifestyle and the fantastically intriguing sample of humanity on offer.....

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Domino players by a sidestreet in Trinidad Cuba | Adrian Seah

Domino players by a sidestreet in Trinidad Cuba |  Adrian Seah | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


The old cobbled street was proving a bit of a challenge in the dim light, the scattered street lamps casting strange shadows on the peeling colonial era buildings lining either side of the road. Our footsteps were unsure and the uneven ground, still slightly slick with the brief rain that had fallen in the evening, was slippery, hiding puddles of water in the darkness. The sounds of salsa music wafted through the warm, humid night, somewhere round the corner, there must have been a bar with a live band, I could imagine mojitos being downed by the gallon and sweaty, writhing bodies dancing away on a makeshift dance floor.

It was Friday night afterall. Just ahead, a group of men huddled round a table, with an occasional excited exclamation or a disappointed groan. They were in the middle of a game of dominos, played on a small wooden table set out by the side of the road. Clearly it was too hot indoors, and life is lived out in the streets in Cuba anyway. The man in the cowboy hat, undoubtedly the alpha male of the group, was obviously playing a bad hand and not liking how the game is going. Taking deep puffs of his cigarette, he looked with a certain amount of disdain at his tiles. He noticed us approaching, our ungainly hobbling on the cobbles must have marked us out as out-of-towners. "¡Ven Ven!" (Come! Come!) he motioned us to his seat and the table, perhaps it was an act of friendship, or perhaps it allowed him a graceful exit from certain defeat, or possibly a combination of both, in any case, an invitation had been extended to join our newfound amigos in their game of dominos. Round the corner, the music had changed to a different beat, the band were playing a cover of 'Chan Chan' by the Buena Vista Social Club. The vocals didn't quite have the exuberance and soul of Ibrahim Ferrer but it was a decent attempt nonetheless. On the old cobbled streets of Trinidad, it was just another Friday night.....

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Feeding stray dogs and killing time in Viñales Cuba | Adrian Seah

Feeding stray dogs and killing time in Viñales Cuba | Adrian Seah | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

A number of very emaciated and scruffy stray dogs roam the main streets, sniffing around the feet of uncomfortable patrons at the restaurants looking for scraps. Their fur clumpy and in patches, rib cages painfully visible, I reckoned the pickings must be slim, as some of these dogs could not be more than a few days away from death. The stronger ones were able to snatch the few scraps of food thrown out by sympathetic tourists, the weaker ones walked away hungry. We made it a point to put aside some food for the weakest ones although deep down, I knew it was akin to trying to stem the flow of the river with a pebble, that starvation would just be prolonged for another day at most. The rest of the time, we just spent visiting the surrounding countryside, soaking in the sunshine and still a little unbelieving of the fact that we were in Cuba, a place I had long dreamed of visiting....
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Havana - Cuba and The Impending Winds of Change | Adriah Seah

Havana - Cuba and The Impending Winds of Change | Adriah Seah | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


When one encounters a new place for the first time, the barrage of new information and stimulus on the brain usually causes it go scrambling to make sense of the situation by comparing it with a mental list of other known destinations. Such was the case for me with Havana, Cuba. As the scenery flashed by outside the window of the taxi from the airport, some of it seemed strangely familiar, whether it resembled a mishmash of other tropical islands I’ve seen before or if it was just the countless images of Cuba portrayed in books and films that I’ve watched, I cannot say for certain. There are no shortages of stereotypes for Cuba, old American cars, grand buildings that have seen a better era, the weathered grandma puffing away on a great big cigar … yet what the photos often fail to convey is the sense of celebration about the place, a celebration of life itself, of which is often lived out in the streets. Everywhere you go, there’s always the sound of live music around the corner, and everyone seems to be out on the streets, or hanging out of their balconies, trading gossip with neighbours, and just sat in front of their doorways, watching life unfold on the streets. Apart from the slightly annoying habit of taxi touts and jineteros (hustlers trying to sell us everything from cigars, great restaurants to girls, whilst simultaneously attempting to guess our nationality/ethnicity).....

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Havana Cuba with the Fuji X100s | Kevin Lloyd

Havana Cuba with the Fuji X100s | Kevin Lloyd | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Hola! Here I am again with another blog posting about my travels to a place I would call a street photography Mecca, Havana Cuba! This trip consisted of 10 days solo travel within Cuba comprising 2 in Varadero, 4 in Havana, 2 in Vinales, and finally 2 more in Havana. The birth of this trip came from the desire to do a Photography workshop in Cuba back in 2011. I signed up for a guide-led workshop which subsequently fell through due to too many attendants pulling out. A year later I was still wishing I could go, but timing and funds were making things difficult, so I decided to save money, and do it to fit my own schedule. At the beginning of 2013 I booked a return flight to Varadero for the 12th of April. Ten days alone in Cuba… I went 8 days without internet access of any kind. 10 days without talking to anyone I’d met before the 12th of April, but meeting new friends every day. 10 days of experiencing new culture, getting to grips with Spanish, and shooting pictures as much as I wanted. Yup this was a wonderful trip and a refreshing change! Whilst I feel the pictures I took could have been better with a knowledgeable guide, the experience gained was way better for going along. Cuba seemed very safe to me, and I look forward to going back again for more images and experience. Cuba is the biggest island in the Caribbean by quite a margin, and there’s lots more to see yet…

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David Knoble's curator insight, July 25, 2013 3:41 PM

Nice film simulation choices and exposures.  Love the color and the light.

Arnold Barr's curator insight, July 25, 2013 7:06 PM

Great images and information! it a place I would love to visit and photograph.

Kevin Lloyd's comment, July 26, 2013 1:22 AM
Thanks a lot guys, much appreciated
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X-Pro - A Week in Havana, Cuba | Daniel Webb

X-Pro - A Week in Havana, Cuba | Daniel Webb | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I had been planning a trip to Cuba for a couple of years with friends and as the date approached I realised that I was going to have to finally make a decision about which camera I was going to take. This was going to be a photographic trip of a lifetime for me so I wanted to make sure that I had the right camera for the job. I trawled the Internet for reviews and information about the cameras on my shortlist (Sony NEX-7, Fuji X-Pro 1 and Leica M9) and finally decided that the Fuji or the Leica were the cameras for me.

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Portraits from Trinidad Cuba | Adrian Seah

Portraits from Trinidad Cuba | Adrian Seah | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it



In what turned out to be our favourite city in Cuba, we found ourselves in Trinidad. Immediately, we could sense a distinctively different vibe when we got off the bus, apart from the initial surge of jiniteros elbowing and jostling their way towards us at the bus station, touting the ‘best room in Trinidad’, we were, just a street corner away from the initial fray, pretty much left alone for the rest of our stay in the city. Trinidad is a city frozen in time, colonial architecture liberally scattered throughout its cobbled streets and squares, quite insulated from the relentless march of modernity. Located in the province of Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad and its neighbouring Valle de los Ingenios is a UNESCO listed site. Once a prosperous city fuelled by the sugar mills surrounding it, Trinidad is now a shadow of its former glory but no less beautiful, albeit in a slightly dilapidated and tragic way. Named in honour of the Holy Trinity, Santísima Trinidad, or more commonly, just Trinidad, is bordered on the North by the mountainous El Escambray and situated by the edge of the Carribean Sea. Whist the rest of Cuba is not in any way lacking old colonial buildings, there was something especially authentic about the ones in Trinidad. From sprawling old colonial palaces and plazas to crumbling structures of sugar mills from a different time, everywhere you looked, its was like looking through a time portal. Rooting through our (humble) possessions, we liberated a few ballpoint pens, three coloured pencils, a purple nylon sling bag, some Japanese cartoon stickers, two chocolate bars and a bag of candy and gave them away during the course of our stay there. Local kids were the main recipients and seemed immensely grateful, despite the modesty of our offerings. Seeing how thankful they were made me really guilty for the times I’ve hoarded inordinate amounts of junk in my life prior to the travels, all the things you were convinced you needed but ended up in one cupboard or another, forgotten and neglected. I made a mental resolution to consume less and tread more lightly in my life going forward.......

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A View From The Roof In Cienfuegos Cuba | Adrian Seah

A View From The Roof In Cienfuegos Cuba | Adrian Seah | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


The sticky heat lingered in the afternoon air like a damp blanket, stifling and energy-sapping. It was midday, and the streets were quiet. The few people ambling about-children in the school uniforms, topless men with sun weathered skin hauling large sacks, all keeping close to the pastel coloured buildings, trying to stay within the thin sliver of shade provided by the low rise houses lining either side of the street. Children with homemade toys, constructed out of string and other rudimentary materials play on the streets, oblivious to the heat, whilst men are huddled around low tables by the walkways, lost in games of chess and dominos. Cienfuegos, Cuba’s Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South), is a somewhat sleepy town, sharing her name with Camilo Cienfuegos, national hero and one of the key figures of the Cuban revolution. Founded in 1819 (curiously, the same year Sir Stamford Raffles founded my homeland of Singapore) by French immigrants, the city retains its distinctively French vibe in its street layout and architecture. Wrapped around Bahia de Cienfuegos, a stunning natural bay, the historic city centre is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.....

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What I learned from the people of Havana Cuba | Adrian Seah

What I learned from the people of Havana Cuba | Adrian Seah | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


You would think that all the years of international isolation, economic sanctions and general hardship would have exacted a devastating toll on the people on the island of Cuba. That they would be angry, hostile and bitter with Americans and the outside world in general, seen as more or less responsible for making life harder than it already is, severely limited purchasing choices for everyday items and inflated prices.


You could not be further from the truth.


Cubans are an extremely hardy bunch, and a people determined to make the proverbial lemon aid from the over abundance of lemons being hurled at them. The seem to be to be determined to enjoy life, and make do with what they have. In the absence of a proliferation of mobile phones and first world gadgets, the art of conversation is still very much alive in Cuba. Everywhere you look, instead of people intently staring away at their mobile devices, as is common in so much of the rest of the world, people linger, make eye contact, and talk. A lot. Neighbours talking to neighbours, vendors talking to customers, fathers talking to sons, sons talking to uncles, brothers talking to sisters. In short, everyone was talking to everyone else, even to us. Hailing from a country where kids text each other from across the table, I cannot tell you how refreshing this is. Despite our barely functional Spanish language ability, it was still highly fulfilling being a part of so many conversations with so many Cubanos. It shed light on how they live their lives (as best as they can with limited resources), what they thought of the rest of the world (come and see beautiful Cuba!) and their vision of Cuba to come (changes, albeit poco un poco)......

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Cuba part 2 | Kevin Lloyd

Cuba part 2 |  Kevin Lloyd | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


I thought I’d add a another post with a few more shots from my Cuba trip including some from Varadero and Vinales. I’ll start with a few more from Havana…

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Arnold Barr's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:30 PM

Thank you for sharing! I think part 2 is a great follow up to part 1, may like part 2 even more. Loking forward to your nex post!!!!

Smidy's comment, August 5, 2013 1:31 AM
Part 2 is definitely great.Thank you
Kevin Lloyd's comment, August 5, 2013 1:42 AM
Thanks Smidy :-)
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Friday in Havana ... | Pascual Rico

Friday in Havana ... |  Pascual Rico | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

 

This is the second year when the Cuban government gave as holyday the “Holy Friday”. I was there I decide to take some pictures in a country with different king of religion and religious cultures.

 

La Habana have a little more of two million peoples in the viacrusis we are no more 300 peoples.

 

I took these images just with the Fuji XE1 and the 18-55mm.

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Thx Pascual for sharing your pictures!

Google Translater (ESP -> ENG)

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Habana, Cuba - a set on Flickr | Daniel Webb

 

A great set of photos taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 by Dunfermline in Scotland based photographer Daniel Webb while on a recent trip to Havana, Cuba.

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Daniel Webb's comment, June 3, 2012 12:57 AM
Hi. Thanks for the link. I'm from Dunfermline in Scotland though, not Wiltshire. www.PhotoWebb.co.uk