For Paula’s Pick a Word in April, I have chosen Projecting.

Wherever you go in downtown Havana, you will see balconies projecting out from the buildings over the streets, most of them in a perilous state of decay (I failed to capture the Heath-Robinson attempt at underpinning this one in my image). Tragically, 60 years of neglect of the housing stock:

Dilapidated balcony with pots

Hanging out the washing

This one was not only projecting out over the street, but with gaudy new paintwork it was projecting a new image:

A lick of paint



  1. Nice shots, Sue. i agree that they look precarious though. i wouldn’t want to ‘relax’ on one!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      Over 100 buildings per year collapse in Havana, so I’m told. people live in properties that would be condemned over here, but they have no choice…..

  2. Very photogenic examples, Sue. I am very glad you took me on the challenge 🙂 Hope you are well 🙂

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  4. Brilliant! The first one has so much detail and is the perfect breaking of the thirds composition rule. As for the second one, I’m sure I’ve got a shot of the same woman on the same balcony!!

  5. There is so much beauty in decay… love the structures of those old balconies

  6. Nice play on words with “projecting a new image”. I always love your Havana shots, and of course your propensity for (to?) decay. I’m Scorpio: I particularly like the gaudy one, with it’srevelatory washing. And of course the ruined one looking up is so you!!!

    • Sue

      Thanks Meg – I was hoping, nay expecting, you would notice the wordplay! As for the ruined balcony – it’s still being used……

  7. This is so Havana – and wondefully captured. I am heading back in the end of the month, and your photos makes me look forward to returning even more. Despite the no so easy living for many Cubans. 🙂

  8. The word precarious also comes to mind.

  9. These shots are amazing!! Havana is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go … your photos make me want to travel that much more.

  10. Gorgeous shots, Sue. A place I would like to visit, indeed. Very much “you” as well, these photos.

  11. It’s a pity to see such decay among the beautiful buildings but I suppose it does give possibilities for good images. Nice post.

  12. Here we have the strong color combinations … I was expecting. Great images … AGAIN!

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