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.