Florida: The Sunshine State
There are two Floridas—the one you see in tourist ads and the other one—the one people actually live in. It is not always sunny, the residents do not always have tans, and everyone is not always happy. This is the Florida that I prefer, because it is real, unpretentious, and the is always something happening—its alive!
Havana is a time warp—a place that has not really changed in the last 60 years. What I love about it that amongst the crumbling infrastructure, and poverty, the people thrive—not economically but in spirit. It is truly one of the most soulful places on earth—a real treasure!
There is something magical about photographing through glass. Because of the reflections, the images are not always clear. Refections compete with the subjects and add something special, something that was not always apparent. The colors change, the composition becomes complex, and the mood is enhanced. It is transformed into a secret transparent place—one that exists, only because one has seen it and photographed it.
Daytona Bike Week is a treat. Every year 200,000 bikers descend on Daytona Beach, Florida for a week-long party of bikes, boobs, beer, butts, and bellies (not necessarily in that order). They come from all over the Eastern US to show off their bikes, and their women, as they pretend to misbehave in a state that encourages bad behavior. Only in America can bad behavior be a reason to party.
There is the Florida that one sees in travel brochures and TV ads, and then there is the other Florida—the real Florida—the one that I call home. The sun is not always shining, the people are not always smiling and having fun, and the weather can be awful at times, but the best part is that it is the real Florida. It is multi-cultural, with real people working at real jobs, and enjoying themselves in their own special way.