Although Montreal-based photographer Francois Ollivier went to Cuba with no particular plan what to shoot, soon he decided to focus on colors, symmetry and the portraits of strangers.
“My approach is based on wandering and accepting the impromptu.”
Born in the south of France, Ollivier moved to work and live in Montreal, Canada in 2011. Before turning to professional photography, he used to be “a creative ad guy”, as he recalls himself. Today, he focuses on making images – his work is based on observation and magnifying the simplest things. “My approach is based on wandering and accepting the impromptu. I use photography to make simple factual observations and also to gather people, places, lines or lights in a setup that will exist only once,” says the photographer. In his series from Cuba, Ollivier turns his lens to captivating color compositions, interesting strangers and the symmetry of the place, creating vibrant and diverse portrait of Cuba’s capital Havana.