When NPR photographer David Gilkey was headed off to Cuba to shoot some of our stories, I told him, as his photo editor, that there was one cliché he should absolutely avoid: cars.
He talked about it with weekend host Scott Simon (which you can listen to above). Our conversation was a little different.
Kainaz: So David, we sent you to Cuba with one very specific directive: No cars. (Well, that and cigars.) Remember?
David: Yes, I remember us doing a Google search of “Havana” and seeing nothing but vintage Fords and Chevys from the ’40s and ’50s. We laughed because it was absurd.
Kainaz: Yes, and I said, under absolutely no circumstances, no matter what, were you to photograph cars. Verboten. Don’t even think about it. Don’t even look at them! It’s like shooting gondolas in Venice. SERIOUSLY, NO CARS. So what happened when you got there?
David: Here’s the thing: Cuba’s cars are impossible to ignore. It’s like seeing a celebrity and trying not to stare. They run through the streets, not so quietly, in bright colors, carrying sometimes half a dozen Cubans from place to place. Maybe you aren’t a car lover. Maybe you love bikes. Imagine showing up in a city and almost everybody is riding vintage Schwinns.
Photo Credit: David Gilkey/NPR
Clean and simple: I’m using the Colorized theme on my Android phone thanks to #Themer. #HomescreenEnvy
Being pulled out of my cozy space shuttle sopping wet and screaming mad.
What a great little toy this new iPad makes. At almost no extra cost, we’ve added tonnes of apps that have kept our finger tips and imaginations busy. Here is an example of our 8 year old’s work. His first language is Spanish and he rarely speaks English at home. Imagine my surprise when he showd me this self initiated work.