Cinematic Cuba : Travel Portrait Photography by Stijn Hoekstra

We stopped dead in our scroll upon discovering Dutch based cinematographer and photographer Stijn Hoekstra's moving portrait photography of his three week holiday to Cuba. Cuba is having a moment of great allure and with that there's really never been a better moment to visit. These images capture such kindness it nearly inspired us to book a flight immediately upon perusing as they wholly convey the uplifting spirit showcased among his diverse subjects and the indefinable magnificence of this unique destination. 

Travel Portrait Photography

" If Cuba were a book, it would be James Joyce's Ulysses: layered, hard to grasp, frequently misunderstood, but – above all – a classic." - Brendan Sainsbury, writer


Having studied cinematography and spending time as a camera assistant on both big budget and independent films after graduation, Hoekstra fell into photography after shooting behind-the-scenes images as gifts for the crew. This blossomed into a parallel career shooting commercial and corporate projects. But, in his spare time, street photography is a creative outlet that allows him to stretch himself as an artist. Be sure to check out other beautiful work by Hoekstra from his trip to Cuba here Cinematic Cuba  or his site here or insta here.

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Ibby Sasso

Wife to Fabio, mom to Hank, pun lover, wannabe memory champion, fragrance and candle collector, handwritten note appreciator. 

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