For a lot of people „The Havana cabs“ are a status symbol and main source of revenue. US-American antique cars are spread all over Cuba. Since the first half of the 20th century, they are a relic of the American influence. They already have become a cultural asset of Cuba. Most of the cars are still working, for more than 55 years.
Many people use them as taxis to earn money. The huge variety of the cars is impressive. Over the years, the once capitalistic vehicles got a very individual restoration. Some look quite new, some just rundown. Every one of them is unique. It is a fascinating combination of the old design and the temporary look.
I am very interested in cultures, daily life, urban changes and people generally. With photography I try to create special views or show moments, which the observer don´t realize. Photography gives me the possibility, to focus on that one special moment or view. The moment becomes much stronger in one picture. I also have a lot of possibilities to be creative with photography. Finding new ways of seeing is a very important aspect of my work.
Most of my free projects I realize in foreign countries. Before I start, I collect a lot of themes which I am interested in. I am searching for ideas which I really like! Then, on location, I try finding a visual form which represents my idea the best. So I experiment a lot before I really start with the project. I also often find new ideas during my traveling. In the end both things have to come together, the idea and the visual form.
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