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Photographer Unveils "Unseen Cuba"

Lithuanian photographer and entrepreneur Marius Jovaisa loves a challenge.  He participates in triathlons and marathons. So when it came to work projects, he decided he wanted to become the first person on earth to take aerial photographs of Cuba.

After five years of negotiating red tape to gain the permissions needed to fly over the places he wanted to photograph and spending $1,000,000 U.S. on this project, he said he wakes up sometimes and can't believe it's done. 

So what do his pictures in "Unseen Cuba" say about Cuba?  "On one hand, it's like a country frozen in time...on the other hand, you see incredible beauty that is crying for help.  It's a monument of nature and man's capabilities, saying, 'please help me,'" he said.

Jovaisa said during the five year project, he fell in love with the country and its people, plus he learned how to speak Spanish. 

Jovaisa will be signing his book and talking about his project this Sunday, April 12th, at Oxford Exchange in Tampa. And he'll appear at Tampa's Cuban Club on Tuesday night (April 14th) at six.