This most recent trip led me throughout the state, from the magical world of Disney to a small town’s big parade to the sunny shores of South Beach with a great little circus thrown in to top it off. These early visits on this new project have been broad swaths, whereas the next couple trips will be based around specific events and gatherings. I feel as though I’m just now beginning to gain an understanding of the topic I will be grappling with, but I’m excited with the nearly endless prospects of images out there waiting to be found.
As I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, I am a biased photographer. There is a time and place to leave my opinion out of the story, and I understand when and with what clients to check my own attitude and thoughts at the door. That being said, personal work is not the place for that, not for me anyway. So in that vein, I approach this new project not in hopes of creating a comprehensive documentation of my subject, but instead a visual projection of my own feelings and views of the place. I’ll leave it to those outstanding news photographers I know and love who dedicate a lifetime to their communities to document the truth and reality of the state of Florida. Mine is simply one man’s view, and one interested in more of an idyllic and fantastical viewpoint than that of hard truths. I’m interested in the lure that draws so many to this small peninsula.