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Showing posts from June, 2009

Hino, Hino, Hino

Now a division of Toyota, Hino describes itself as the world's third-largest truck builder. The Japanese manufacturer's buses and trucks are in use daily from Canada to Thailand. Rarely outside Cuba, however, will you see a veteran Hino like this still in service. Its round headlamps and old, winged logo mark it, I believe, as a survivor from the 1960s. Outside, it looked great. Inside, well, it needed some work.

Fresh every morning

Nothing to do with cars. Something to do with Cuba

Yellow is a fine colour for a Pontiac

I neglected in my last post to provide a link to Denise Marino's website, which you can find here. Fortunately, this also allows me to show another photo from her exhibit. That's a 1956 Pontiac, most artfully presented.

Sensual and vibrant

FOR PHOTOGRAPHER Denise Marino, capturing images of belly dancers "is my passion." This might explain why, on a three-week visit to Cuba, her lens would be drawn to the voluptuous shapes of the old cars that dance daily on the island's broken pavement.
   Born in Brooklyn and raised in Latin America, Marino took portrait shots and photographed theatre and other subjects before finding her specialty in the "sensual and vibrant forms" of belly dancing. Her images appear in two books about belly dancing, and her work has taken her from Bulgaria to Egypt to China.
   In Cuba, though, she found that she couldn't ignore the cars, "since they were all over the place." She photographed them where she found them, angled up against magnificent stone facades or peeking from the near ruins that are an equal part of Cuban street scenes. Some have splashes of colour; other are in Cuba-suitable sepia.
   If you are in Florida, you can see 35 of Denise Marino's …