Cuba! Cuba! – Karin Forde Whittemore Solo Photography Exhibition
“I love to travel… to discover the life and feel of a ‘place.’ And I love photography. For the past seven years, I have been taking photographs of places. Having combined these two loves, photography, and travel, I now understand the true feeling of being inspired.
I strive for my photographs to reveal something about a place, not as a photojournalist on assignment, but rather as a fine artist, expressing and intuiting my soul sense about a place and sharing it with others. What intrigues me the most is finding beauty in the ordinary. I feel captivated by the “every day” and know, that truly, nothing is just ordinary.
Cuba has always been at the top of my bucket list. It is a place that I wanted to explore and I have been fortunate to have traveled there three times. Each trip has given me not only a different experience but has taken me deeper into the culture and lives of the Cuban people. My desire is to share my vision of what I see and feel in Cuba. I choose to reveal this life through the use of color, light and texture. Peeling paint, patterns of neglected rust, personal items and a myriad of details within these spaces are what I seek.: a place forgotten.
In my photographs, one feels the time warp: images of cars from the 40’s and 50’s zooming past, proud and fast. Photographs of people enjoying Cuban cigars, dancing and walking the Malecon in Havana will become more common. Cuba will become changed, more modernized and more Westernized. My Cuba will become as antiquated as their automobiles and this is what I wish not only to capture and share but to hold onto.
Behind the lens of my Nikon, I have found myself in dark alleyways in deteriorating and decaying spaces in Havana Viejo and Centro, the city’s urban core. My fascination is with these spaces and items, unusual yet commonplace. The people and all of the places that have been lived in, loved and worked in, laughed and cried in, hold extraordinary character and beauty for me.”
– Karin Forde Whittemore