Those facades mesmerized me as unique pieces of history that are happening right here, right now. And inspired by that, I created this series". - Maria Rosenblatt
This series was captured in 2017 during my first visit to Cuba. I spent several days in Havana, which left me with many very contradictory impressions.
“In architecture, the facade of a building is often the most important aspect from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building.” (Wikipedia)
For me, Havana’s facades represent the tone of the city. With a very exciting and rich architectural past nowadays, many buildings are ramshackle with many signs of a very humble level of life. These contrasts can be related to many other things that I experienced in Havana: the huge gap between tourist and local neighborhoods, restaurants and bars, different currency and prices for foreigners and Cubans, shiny autos from 50ths that pass by Malecon next to modern cars.