Cuba is so incredibly diverse when you look at it from outside, but even inside there are stories to be told. I ducked into one of the buildings as I walked by to take a look and I found this wonderful layered spaghetti of cables. Perhaps more interesting is how aged and weathered everything looks.
This is the El Capitolio (National Capitol Building) in Havana, Cuba. The building, seen currently under construction, is notable for how strikingly similar it is to the United States Capitol building. In fact, construction was overseen by U.S. firm of Purdy and Henderson – which may have had something to do with the similarity. Finished in 1929, it was designed by Eugenio Rayneri Piedra. Currently it is home to Cuba’s National Assembly.
Sunset in Havana, and indeed most caribbean countries, is a very special time. It’s when the sun’s intense heat lets up. And, with this cooling effect, people start to flood the streets, clubs, parks and other outside areas to socialize. I wanted to capture one of Havana’s iconic locations literally and figuratively in a different light.
Havana is a city of contrasts. Outside, buildings are adorned with bright colors, beautiful shapes and they often look pleasing, if not older. Inside many of these buildings, however, is another story. This is a place of jury rigged wires, crumbling walls and general disrepair.
Dancing is something most of us know that Cubans love to do. In fact, I think it’s a bit of a cliche that dancing comes second nature to Cubans. But, scenes like this one make me re-think that. On this afternoon, I was blessed to find a group of people in Havana’s Parque Central playing music and dancing. It really all seemed so effortless and happy.