Street / 23 Backstreet Havana

I’m having a few eureka moments at present, discovering things I thought I had lost forever …mainly in unexpected places, these are usually of sentimental value.

This image I thought was irretrievably lost, other than as a shabby print which I did scan (and have shown a cropped version before). But there’s nothing like finding the original. So here we are, original shot on Fujichrome Sensia 100, an image of downtown Havana, 2005:

It's a dog's life....

It’s a dog’s life….

Taken with a basic compact camera with fixed zoom lens (Konica Big Mini), it isn’t the sharpest photograph, but I think it makes up for sharpness with atmosphere… but many might disagree! That said, I do wish I had taken my FM2, because the colours and textures of Cuba were fantastic.



  1. I like it Sue, but then I am a fan of shabby urban scenes!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I love the tones in this image Sue. The Fuji film’s done a good job as of course have you! 🙂

    • Sue

      Thanks, Adrian! Glad you like it ….and I’m going to try and make sure I digitise more o f my slides as many of the older ones have faded or suffered colour shifts badly – mostly Perutz and Agfa

  3. The comment I just wrote seems to have disappeared. I was saying Sue how much I like the tones in this images and how the film has done a good job of rendering the scene as have you of course! 🙂

  4. Ok the comments back.. :-/

  5. hjs1951

    “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept” ~ Cartier-Bresson.

    For me it is perfect!

  6. Your love of urban dereliction goes back a long way then Sue 🙂

    • Sue

      Oh, goodness, dereliction goes back to childhood – probably when I was about 7 or 8 seeing abandoned miners cottages in North Wales…..but no camera then. Can’t tell you why it draws me, but it does.

  7. OK, now this is weird. I read Adrian’s comment about his disappearing comment and notice that mine hasn’t appeared – it usually does with the ‘awaiting moderation’ message above it. Methinks WP has been playing again. I loathe what they have done to the Reader. I find it so much more complicated to actually visit a site now, keep reading posts in the new Reader window – most odd! Anyway I am guessing my comment(s) will surface eventually. 🙂

  8. Its a brilliant shot, wouldn’t it be great to go back and see what images you’d get now?

  9. Suzanne

    Wonderful. You certainly have been to some exotic places during your life. Your current eureka moments sound like another journey – different from the physical journeys of the past but also very exciting.

  10. So wonderful to find things one thought were lost! A fascinating image.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Sue! All of Cuba was full of fascinating images for me! And as to the found objects – an image of me, my mother and my sister on Cadair Idris in miserable weather in the mid ’60s that I have been trying to locate since I cleared mums house, this Cuban photo, some decorative ceramic tiles and a summer skirt… 😀

  11. Love the atmosphere created in this shot Sue, and actually prefer the more muted colours, as it suits the modd perfectly. My kind of photograph this 🙂

  12. I heard Havana was a bit run down!!

  13. What an amazing traveller you are revealing yourself to be, bit by bit. Anywhere you haven’t been? The photo is beautiful, and the dog the final touch.

  14. great shot, love the worndown building- in a photo

  15. A lost treasure refound. The softness adds a mysterious facet to the photo.

  16. 😀 I love it! The textures are incredible, definitely very urban! Oh, you made me really nostalgic…I miss the film days…the Sensia was one of my favorites, i have many slides back in Greece! One day, maybe i can scan them and post something here 😀

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