Cuba "Beyond the Bars"
“Another Cuban Paradox”
by Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, Linda Klipp, Bill Klipp
About the Book
Cuba Beyond the Bars – “Another Cuban Paradox” -- a collaborative photo book about
Cuba a place where the realities of day to day living are filled with paradoxes. You may meet a taxi driver or bar tender who is a doctor or engineer, You may see a 1955 Chevy with a beat up body but under the hood is the engine of a modern vehicle, You may see dirty streets and very clean-looking people, You will see the very poor and desperate but they may be well dressed. As you stroll the streets of Havana or other Cuban cities you invariably will see bars everywhere, bars on the widows, on the doors, entryways, driveways. Mostly they are old, antique wrought iron, very ornate remnants from the last two centuries yet still integral to Cuban life today. With bars everywhere it would seem like a high crime place where people are paranoid about safety. But it’s just another Cuban paradox even in poor neighborhoods filled with crumbling dilapidated buildings it is a safe place, crime is relatively unheard of. Yes bars keep pets and the little ones in and keep strangers out. But more importantly it’s what the bars don’t block. In a place with high electricity costs and few air conditioners its the bars that enable a cooling breeze to enter the house offsetting the humid tropical heat, it’s the bars that let in light and the bars that serve as window counters for local sandwich or cafe con leche vendors. The bars may be everywhere but they let in more than they keep out, another Cuban paradox.
Cuba Beyond the Bars . Bill Klipp
After retiring from careers in the financial services industry Bill & Linda Klipp travel the world visiting exotic locations to study and photograph the local wildlife and culture. Our travels provide us with memories and experiences of a lifetime and by sharing our images we hope to educate and inspire others, especially our youth, to conserve our planet's very limited natural resources. See more of their nature and travel photography at: www.wkimages.net