Street Photography from Cuba by Alejandro Santiago.

Do you live in Cuba? Great pictures, but very sad the condition of the island under the Castro's dictatorship...

No. I live in Toronto, but grew up in Miami. My Mother is a Cuban exile so I grew up hearing stories about the island, but was never able to visit until recently. 

Thanks for the kind words. Where are you based out of?

This was shot in August, 2012 while Havana was under the threat of tropical storm Isaac. Growing up in Miami, I am used to the hysteria that a storm watch inevitably creates, but I was surprised to see an American news reporter from the Weather Channel reporting from el Malécon. When I got back to my hotel room I watched the report on the Weather Channel (a luxury Cubans don’t get to enjoy). It went something like this: Although Cuba is a third world country people are boarding buses they’re evening bringing along their farm animals hoping to leave Havana before the storm hits. 
"Typical American ignorant media hysteria" was my reaction. I changed the channel only to see the Cuban weather report which went something like this: We can expect and winds and rain, but nothing out of the ordinary for this time of the year. 
Of course there was no evacuation and the storm never touched land. 
oyecuba:

That’s the Way Love Goes, Havana, 2012.
Photo by Alejandro Santiago.
www.AlejandroSantiagoPhotography.com

This was shot in August, 2012 while Havana was under the threat of tropical storm Isaac. Growing up in Miami, I am used to the hysteria that a storm watch inevitably creates, but I was surprised to see an American news reporter from the Weather Channel reporting from el Malécon. When I got back to my hotel room I watched the report on the Weather Channel (a luxury Cubans don’t get to enjoy). It went something like this: Although Cuba is a third world country people are boarding buses they’re evening bringing along their farm animals hoping to leave Havana before the storm hits. 

"Typical American ignorant media hysteria" was my reaction. I changed the channel only to see the Cuban weather report which went something like this: We can expect and winds and rain, but nothing out of the ordinary for this time of the year. 

Of course there was no evacuation and the storm never touched land. 

oyecuba:

That’s the Way Love Goes, Havana, 2012.

Photo by Alejandro Santiago.

www.AlejandroSantiagoPhotography.com