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Posted by - 06.04.2014

Chris Burkard in Cuba

For many Americans, the country of Cuba is a place of mystery. It’s seemingly difficult to access and a culture that stands still in time. In the summer of 2013, I traveled to Cuba with the clothing brand Roark. It drew us in with its rich color and promise of capturing something visually stunning around every corner. In reality there was so much more to appreciate than just the visuals. Cuba stimulates all your senses. You don’t just see it, you smell it and can even taste it, taking it so much further than photography. Walking around town was an adventure in itself as it opened your eyes to all the interesting locals. One of the first nights we played soccer with some spirited Cuban children. They dribbled through our legs barefoot on the pavement. It came as no surprise that they schooled us. The town is defined by its narrow streets decorated in every color in the rainbow but also the ocean that encloses the island. Ocean drive in downtown Havana is a popular swimming destination. The kids would dive off the ocean walls clearing the outcropping jagged rocks by only a hair. A risky maneuver all in the name of a few cents from bystanders. This was a reminder of the realism and rawness that encapsulated Cuba. – Chris Burkard

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