Cuba the old + new

Liz Davenport
Posted September 14, 2020 from United States
Cuba: Sombrero + Car
Vintage car tourism in a convertible throughout Havana, Cuba
Cuba: Old + New
Cuba: Old + New: One Spring morning in Havana, Cuba there was a red car that stood as a beacon of Cuban ingenuity and resourcefulness. Automotive repair and design are exampled all throughout the country. (1/1)

Cubans in Cuba. One of the most resourceful groups of people with whom I have engaged. Cuba has a way of preserving and rebuilding repeatedly. From architecture, to transportation and from farming to urban shopping; the hustle is real.

The history of Cuba is painted with times of great prosperity and times of scarcity. Because of this having and lacking rhythm, many Cubans are quite resourceful. It’s all about the timing and the resources available. Perhaps you don’t have transportation, find a way to bring home the groceries. Perhaps you can only repair a portion of your home or car, fix what you can today and see what happens tomorrow. Perhaps you are excited about your new tobacco crop, but you still must wait for harvest.

The cadence of forced ingenuity is a repetitive story throughout Cuba. It’s a remarkable narrative. The hope in presenting these images is to share the commonality we all have as global citizens. The story of resourcefulness for Cuba might be different than yours, but the underlying motive is similar. To care for yourself, and your loved ones; to do the best you can with what you have in front of you.

Photographing this rhythm of scrap to useful was mysterious for me. How do Cubans do it? Repair the classic cars and homes, provide for families, grow tobacco, and so much more. The curiosity has grown. I am looking forward to going back with my camera and uncovering a deeper layer of Cuba. 

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

Comments 5

Log in or register to post comments
Sep 14
Sep 14

Hi Liz,

Welcome to World Pulse and congratulations on your first post.

What a beautiful description of Cuba. Makes me want to visit the place.:) Adding it to my bucket list right away. Are you from Cuba or did you visit? I love the photographs too. Nice vintage shots.

We would like know more about you and to read more from you, Sis.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Nini Mappo
Sep 15
Sep 15

Hello Liz,
It seems that in resourcing their lives, Cubans are pragmatic, resilient, patient, and creative, but still know how to have fun and get into rhythm of life. Thank you for sharing a piece of Cuba with us.

Sep 17
Sep 17

Thanks for sharing Queen.

Catherine De Freitas

Hi Liz, thank you for sharing this with us. :) Cubans are strong and amazing. It is one of the best places in the world to study Art. Looking forward to seeing more pics and hearing more about your adventures with your camera. :) Do have a nice day.

Hello, Liz,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm happy that a new voice from the U.S. is rising up!

I love that you showed us a glimpse of Cuba with your artistic eye. Thank you for sharing these photos with us.

Please keep on writing. We love to know more about you!

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!