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 Cars of Cuba photographs at the Timoteo Corelli Art Gallery, 791 NE 125th St., North Miami. The exhibit continues through June 29.