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Scenes Of Daily Life In Cuba Captured By A Wandering Photographer

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Scenes Of Daily Life In Cuba Captured By A Wandering Photographer

Cinematic Cuba is a series of striking portraits that take us up close and personal with Cuba's citizens.

Shot by Amsterdam-based photographer Stijn Hoekstra, the series captures small vignettes of daily life on the island. Hoekstra shot the series while roaming Cuba for a three week holiday.

“Cuba has been on my list for as long as I can remember,” he says. “This was my first time there, and it definitely exceeded my expectations.”

I woke up early every morning and wandered the streets, as the sunrise gave the city a beautiful colour.

Rustic shops, old men and their cigars, a boxer resting between matches– these are the daily textures of the country.

But how was it to travel in the country? Hoekstra loved it.

"The people are extremely kind and generous, and after traveling to many other countries, I can definitely say that Cuba is one of the safest places I've ever visited,” he says.

"I woke up early every morning and wandered the streets, as the sunrise gave the city a beautiful colour.”

In past projects, Hoekstra focused on capturing street scenes. But in Cuba, he was inspired to capture portraits of the people. And to create the perfect vintage effect, he combined older lenses with a modern camera.

"Because of the old city streets and beautiful classic cars, I wanted to combine my Sony A7RII camera with old lenses from the 1970s to enhance that 'old' feeling Cuba gives you," Hoekstra elaborates. "The lenses worked great with beautiful bokeh and great flares."

Find more of Hoekstra's work here.

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