Men of Cuba
Cuba is full of interesting faces. In this post I’d like to show you some of the men we met on the streets of Havana and Trinidad. While the younger generation of Cubans could blend in anywhere in a city in Southern Europe, the older people with their dignity and tanned faces would stick out.
The first fellow is a street hawker in Habana Vieja. The paper rolls in his hands are not joints but little bags of peanuts.
The second character of this series is a waiter in a restaurant of Trinidad. Originally being a teacher for physics and astronomy, the gentleman switched to the waiter job after retirement. Due to Cuba’s socialist inefficiencies he earns more now than he did as a teacher.
The following two guys make a living by inviting tourists to potograph them in exchange for a tip. While this might spoil the story of the pictures it is a fair deal for both parties: The gentlemen can do what Cubans do in their free time (sitting around on the street side) and the tourists capture a picturesque moment that is not staged after all.
And finally I would like to present to you this true character: A man taken straight from the age of pirates. We found him on the cathedral square of Habana Vieja, inviting us to take a picture of him. He did not do this for money (he didn’t get a tip), but for the pure fun of it. Call it a spleen but this way he made it onto the cover of the Polish National Geographic Traveller edition. He always carries a copy of that magazine with him as a proof. Of course his cigar is unlit, but still impressive.