July 19 - August 3 2016:
2 weeks, 13 cities, and 3000km later, my lifelong dream of traveling Cuba is complete. With a backpack in hand, 2 compañeros by my side (Elaina Nakhleh and Sebastian Blati), and our starry-eyed longing for adventure, we set off on our journey. Navigating our rental car with only a paper map, and no pre-booked accommodation, our faith in the country allowed us to meet the most interesting of characters and enter the humblest of homes.
All photos taken on my Sony A7R, with a 24-70mm F2.8 lens. Click on the images to enlarge them.
And after the retreat amongs the valleys and hills, we arrived at our last destination: the ever-anticipated Havana. It is here we spent the most time, rightly so, as the city had plenty to offer, especially Havana Vieja. It was akin to stepping into a time capsule.
The Alicia Alonso ballet theatre below is named after one of Cuba's most famed ballerinas, who is also partially blind.
We visited the Palestinian embassy in Miramar - a diplomatic district in Havana.
My favourite person to photograph in Cuba so far. Vicente was a street vendor selling mangoes. He wouldn't let me walk past him until I bought one of his mangoes. It was only when I approached him closer that I noticed his striking turquoise eyes. I walked away with a great portrait and a juicy mango.
On the left: Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, or so they claimed.