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.
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.