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Closer to Heaven
Photograph by Amy Toensing

Stone symbols of Catholic faith rise from a cemetery in the town of Jayuya in Puerto Rico's central highlands. Some 85 percent of Puerto Ricans practice Catholicism, which arrived on the island with the Spanish more than 400 years ago. Beliefs have blended over the centuries. Today, in some regions, the faithful incorporate African and native Taíno traditions into their religious practice—a legacy of those once enslaved here.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100 
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 80mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Hot
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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