Captivated by Cuba
Hawk presents “Into the Heart of Cuba”
Photo by Daryl Hawk
For the past 30 years, explorer and documentary photographer Daryl Hawk has journeyed to some of the most remote and isolated places in the world, telling stories with his camera. When he embarked on an unprecedented 2,700-mile circumnavigation of Cuba this spring, Hawk anticipated a vibrant country and culture untainted by fast food joints, technology overload, and materialism. What he discovered was something much more profound—the heartbeat sustaining this Communist-ruled province: its people.
“I quickly fell in love with Cuba,” Hawk says. “In my many travels, I cannot recall a country where I encountered so much warmth and happiness. Life is difficult for most Cubans. They work hard and money is scarce, and yet they are gracious, happy, and honest.”
One of the few Americans granted unrestricted access to Cuba, Hawk immersed himself in capturing the colorful city streets; the rural Vinales region with its world-renowned tobacco plantations; the country’s diverse coastline and fertile lowland plains; and the country’s all-but-forgotten interior villages. The resulting photographs reveal a people and place both lost in time and also on the cusp of change. Hawk presents “Into the Heart of Cuba” on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7 pm at the Wilton Library. 203-762-3950, wiltonlibrary.org