Cigar Lifestyle

“Ivan”

Ivan introduced himself while puffing on this enormous cigar.

“Irene”

I noticed Irene from across the alley when her smile caught my eye. She seemed so kind and peaceful; her face glowed. She welcomed me to Havana and told me her name.

“Theodore”

Theodore was my bicycle taxi driver. I like the way the taxi’s mirror frames Theodore and his hip-looking sunglasses.

“William”

William was one of the happiest people I met in Havana. He was carrying a huge sack in one hand and boxes in the other.

“Hope”

Hope Dooner gets a freindly hug from one of her Cuban Subjects.

3658_Animation_1246_assetID_1142.png
3658_Animation_1247_assetID_1123.png
3658_Animation_1248_assetID_1125.png
3658_Animation_1249_assetID_1127.png
3658_Animation_1250_assetID_1129.png

“Flowers”

This lady seemed so content as she greeted passers-by, while sitting on some well-worn steps.

“Red Taxi”

This red taxi is a great example of how the Cubans keep their cars. American cars from the 1940’s and 50’s are passed from one generation to the next, and rarely sold. Since no American cars or parts have been available to Cubans since the embargo, they have adapted household items to fix these vintage cars. One man was proud to tell me that he had dishwasher parts in his car!

3659_Animation_1276_assetID_1131.png
3659_Animation_1277_assetID_1133.png

“Blue Door Alley”

This alley as such a treat. I love the colorful doors and the sunlight bouncing off the buildings.

“Blue”

From my hotel, I had a view of a busy street. I quickly grabbed my camera to get the car in motion.

3660_Animation_1278_assetID_1135.png
3660_Animation_1279_assetID_1137.png

“Ancient Arches”

Even though the paint is chipping and the building is in disrepair, the arches recall the elegance of Havana’s past.

“Green”

I snapped this image while looking out of my hotel window. I especially liked the man’s arm resting on the window.

3661_Animation_1280_assetID_1139.png
3661_Animation_1281_assetID_1141.png

Hope returned to Havana in January 2012, and upon her arrival, she discovered that her most famous subject, “Graciela,” was still sitting in her doorway. Her eye for subjects and detail is evident as Hope takes you on a virtual tour of this stunning, yet sadly impoverished city that was once called “the Las Vegas” of the Caribbean.

This essay includes striking images of Havana life captured in both of Hope’s visits. What is perhaps the most fascinating aspect about these photographs is, although many of them are separated by 14 years, it’s evident that little, if anything, in Havana has changed.

Hope Dooner

Hope Dooner

A resident of Memphis, Tennessee, Hope Dooner has taken photographs for Vogue magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, NBC News, Atlanta magazine, Cartoon Network, People magazine, and Mademoiselle magazine. She has also traveled as a photojournalist on medical missions to countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua, Russia, and Vietnam.

Show all Hope Dooner's Articles
nowsmoking todos las dias toro cigar review Cigar Advisor Cover

#nowsmoking: Todos Las Dias Toro

#nowsmoking the Todos Las Dias from Steve Saka: “solidly-built”…”uber-creamy”…”the dark Criollo wrapper is flawless.” Click now to get the tasting notes, and everything else you need to know about the TDL in under 60 seconds…

Read More

Boxes Full of Blues: The Best Cigar Boxes to Make Cigar Box Guitars

We Advisors love our cigars, and our Blues. Watch and listen as we sit with Shane Speal, King of the Cigar Box Guitar: he shows us his picks for the best cigar boxes to make cigar box guitars, and we tell him interesting facts about the cigars that came in those boxes before they started making that sweet, sweet music.
Read More
10 UNDERRATED CONNECTICUT SHADE CIGARS

2018 CA Report: Top 10 Underrated Connecticut Shade Cigars

These are top quality cigars, all made in excellent cigar manufacturing facilities. But the main reason I have referred to them as underrated is because there are many full-bodied cigar lovers who simply will not give a more subtle Connecticut Shade stick the time of day. But, newsflash for everyone reading: NOT ALL Connecticut Shade cigars are mellow and low on flavor. In fact, the cigars on my list – while they may not be dark, Maduro, ligero-laden beasts – these sticks all have profiles that boast a hell of a lot of nice, rich tobacco flavor

Read More
CA_Cover best bundle cigars

2017 CA Report: Top 5 Best Bundle Cigars Money Can Buy

Just because a cigar isn't in a box, doesn’t mean it’s second-rate. Get our 5 top picks, plus the top 5 reasons why the best bundle cigars aren't cheap.
Read More