Combo #630 (Manuela Matos Monteiro)

By on March 12, 2020
Lens:  Madalena 
Film:  Sussex 
Clarity: 32 • Definition: 30 • Shadows: +35


"The first time I went to Cuba was in the 90's, when the country was experiencing a serious economic and social crisis. Returning there this past January, I witness a country that is more prosperous despite suffering the effects of the USA embargo. There is a middle class in formation and there are countless B&B’s that welcome tourists, as well as many quality restaurants and bars.
Havana is being restored and there are many buildings that, once recovered, show their splendor. People and their affability, however, have not changed: despite the difficulties, there is a joy and availability for others that is not found in other parts of the world. People often invite you to have coffee in their homes without expecting anything in return, other than conversation. Havana must be one of those cities where street photography is very rewarding because if you are sensitive enough, people will gladly give you permission to photograph all you want. The decay of the streets, with so many buildings in need of intervention, is really photogenic!
I think the Hipstamatic combo I chose, Madalena/Sussex, is the one that best suits the Cuban environment in Havana but, also in Cienfuegos and Trinidad."

Manuela Matos Monteiro


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