THATCHED

THATCHED

CORNER LIVING ROOM

CORNER LIVING ROOM

RED II

RED II

QUE RICO ES

QUE RICO ES

BLACK GOLD

BLACK GOLD

FLAMINGO II

FLAMINGO II

RED, WHITE, PAVEMENT

RED, WHITE, PAVEMENT

DRIVE IN

DRIVE IN

GREY ROCK

GREY ROCK

LINES

LINES

GREENER II

GREENER II

SHOES II

SHOES II

RED IV

RED IV

ODEGAARD I

ODEGAARD I

RED I

RED I

GROWING DIAGONALS

GROWING DIAGONALS

STREET STAYS

STREET STAYS

FLAMINGO I

FLAMINGO I

CORRUGATED

CORRUGATED

OTX

OTX

LAYERED ARCHITECTURE

LAYERED ARCHITECTURE

UNTITLED I

UNTITLED I

HERBA

HERBA

DRIVE INN III

DRIVE INN III

SHOES

SHOES

GREENER I

GREENER I

RED III

RED III

DRIVE IN II

DRIVE IN II

ODEGARD II

ODEGARD II

RED V

RED V

MIAMI FAÇADE 

On a basic, primary level, these photographs are about color and line, texture, shadow, and structure. They capture unremarkable scenes — walls, sidewalks, imperfections — but for me, the straightforward simplicity of the images is their strength.

The series opens a window onto a changing city, one desperate to be noticed and desired. When I first began photographing Miami in 2003, I was struck by the flair and speed of the place, the glitz and the shine that defined it. But in the older, poorer neighborhoods at the edges of all that, I saw something that seemed closer to its true soul: nameless, vacant buildings painted bright, arresting colors along blocks of empty warehouses and tenements. The real beauty in these images comes from the spirit that makes someone bother with paint when just plain concrete would do.  

Many of the buildings and sidewalks in this series have been cleaned up or simply replaced.  Cafes and restaurants, boutiques and galleries now constitute the district that was once characterized as a forgotten Overtown/Wynwood/Little Haiti.  

As the city continues to work hard to make itself anew, much what you see here came first.