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.