Saturday, November 8, 2014

Crumbling Beauty, Havana

Again, all of these photographs are from 2003 and taken with the Nikon Coolpix 5700. Correcting distortion from this lens is a bit time-consuming and not entirely successful, but the shots give a sense of the infrastructure in Old Havana eleven years ago. Things have been improving but not at a pace to satisfy the inhabitants of the city. Many injuries and even deaths have resulted from buildings literally falling down or burning to the ground as a result of faulty wiring. The bottom photograph shows a building across the street from our hotel where the ceiling has completely disappeared and yet several families still made their home. The building in the photograph of the woman standing amidst her laundry has been completely restored as it sits on a square where many tourists congregate. Of course, she and many others have been moved out as a result of the renovations. The flags on the balcony of photograph number three represent the 26th of July, the Cuban 4th of July.

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