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Home in Havana #SaturdaySnapshot

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

After two nights and a full day in Trinidad, Cuba, we drove into Havana. Our first stop was at a private residence, a house from 1929 in the Vedado neighborhood, where many nice homes were built in the 1920s and 1930s. This one was built by a businessman and descendants of the family still live there. They keep the house standing with help from groups like ours who pay to tour the place, but, as you can see from the photos, it is in slow decline like many buildings in Cuba.

Wall in Vedado, Havana, CubaGarden wall of Havana houseInterior of Vedado house, Havana, CubaWall detail in sitting roomLamp in Vedado house, Havana, CubaDetail of a lampKitchen in Vedado house, Havana, CubaPortrait of two photographers and a spiral staircase (in the kitchen of the Vedado house)Books in the study of the Vedado House, Havana, CubaIn the study

This house provided a low light challenge for photographers. For the above photos, I searched out the brightest spots in the house and found photos that would work with a wide open aperture.

Rick used the tripod for most of our time there. He was pleased with two photographs he took of the kitchen and the very colorful bathroom.

Kitchen in Vedado house, Havana, Cuba
Rick’s photo of the kitchen
Bathroom in Vedado house, Havana, Cuba
Rick’s photo of the amazing bathroom. I want that window!

Later, he helped me set up my camera on the tripod to get this photo of the bookcases in the study. We got something of a reputation on our tour for working together on our photographs. Photography is a solo activity only if you choose to make it one!

Study in Vedado house, Havana, Cuba
A corner of the study

This weekend, I have three prints on exhibit in a show called Colors of Cuba at Bullivant Gallery. If you live in the St. Louis area, please come and see our show.

Here are my previous posts about Cuba, most shared as Saturday Snapshot posts at West Metro Mommy Reads:

  • Photos of Entering Cuba
  • Book review of Cuban Revelations by Marc Frank
  • Photos of the Palacio de Valle
  • Book review of Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  • Photos of downtown Cienfuegos
  • Food in Cuba
  • Colorful Trinidad, Cuba
  • Book review of Havana Nocturne by T.J. English with photos of 50s Cuba

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