Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Inspiration: Cuba

I've just spent the last two weeks in Cuba and the island is jam packed full of visual inspiration. Havana is a striking city in all its faded glory - intricate ironwork, crumbling walls and repainted ancient American cars from the 1950s are everywhere. We took the local bus down to Trinidad, the UNESCO World Heritage town on Cuba's south coast and that's also very photogenic whichever way you turn - colourful houses on cobbled streets and a slower pace of life:

vintage match boxes in a Havana street market
Old Havana

Poinsettia tree. Much better than in a sad old pot at Christmas

All photos by Asta Barrington

I do like these confidently coloured houses - Burano in the Venetian lagoon and Oaxaca in Mexico are two other kaleidoscopic examples of this that I just love.

It's a bit of a shock to be back in cold grey England.

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