Florida: Sense of Place

Posted on January 17, 2013


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.

To see and read more check out my first post from this trip here.  Or check out the assignment that sparked my return here and here.

6 Responses

  1. Daniel Berman
    January 20, 2013

    Nice work, David.

  2. David Walter Banks
    January 22, 2013

    Thanks Daniel. Hope you’re doing well man.

  3. Alissa Barber Torres
    January 24, 2013

    David, your work is beautiful, and thanks for sharing. I thought I recognized one of your images from Wynwood Walls in Miami–I just visited it last month for the first time. Lots of inspiration there for all of us…Hope to see more of your Florida work soon.

  4. David Walter Banks
    January 25, 2013

    Thanks Alissa – lots of inspiration there for sure. I hardly even shot any photos while at Wynwood Walls – mainly just looked at the incredible public art. I’ve got another big trip planned to Florida in March, so I’ll share then if not sooner.

  5. aaron turner
    March 17, 2013

    Truly eye catching images to look at, great sense of place! Some of the photos look like paintings, which is really cool.

  6. David Walter Banks
    March 17, 2013

    Thanks Aaron. That’s kinda what i was going for, so it’s a huge compliment. I enjoyed the recent work on your site. Keep kicking ass.


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