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Just bizarre – Street photography in Miami

Doing street photography in Miami I occasionally come across what I label as …. simply bizarre.  Riding my bicycle down the sidewalk on Calle Ocho in Little Havana this week I nearly passed this sidewalk flower vendor without a second glance.  But then I saw the dolls. Obviously, Mercedes was closed for the day but […]

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Bill Baggs State Park – Street Photography in Miami

Street photography can be defined very loosely and this is an example.  Some street photographers would never call this image true street photography. On Monday I was doing a photo shoot with two clients on the beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne.  At the very end of the park is […]

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Homeless at Freedom Tower – Street Photography in Miami

Last week I spent an afternoon figuring out the best angle to photograph Freedom Tower “The Ellis Island of the South.”   On the eastern side are the railroad tracks and quite a few homeless people.  One of them was this gentleman who was writing poetry on the back of discarded cardboard boxes.  We spoke […]

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Oscar Fuentes “The Biscayne Poet” – Street photography in Miami

Last night I attended a truly unique and excellent collaboration between Oscar Fuentes a.k.a. The Biscayne Poet and Cuban artist Pablo Cano at Pablo’s Cricket Theater in Little Havana.  Oscar and Pablo took turns: first Oscar would recite one of his excellent poems and then Pablo would perform his Musical Marionettes and sometimes both occurred […]

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Shotgun Shacks – Street Photography in Miami

These houses, commonly referred to as “shotgun shacks”,  are fairly common in West Coconut Grove but I had never seen four in a row like this until last week.    I never knew the history of this term so I Googled it and learned its origin. According to Wikipedia: A “shotgun house” is a narrow […]

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Be Kind – Street photography in Miami

During last week’s Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the Kind company was distributing their healthy grain bars. I was pleased to see the Kind representative hand out their bars to a local homeless man (without him asking) and not just the art patrons attending the show.  He was just finishing a bowl of instant ramen noodles […]

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El Viejito – Street Photography in Little Havana

Little Havana is hot! Every time I visit, I notice a new gallery or business opening and a bigger influx of tour buses. This Viejito (little old man) is an example of just how popular Calle Ocho (the main thoroughfare in Little Havana) has become.  He often sides outside the Cigar Factory (one of many […]

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Oliver! – Street Photography in Miami

Oliver! The other day during the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, I spotted a team of kids selling water and gatorade.  Strategically, the youngest (one of them was just 8 years old — I asked him)  ”foot soldiers” were positioned on each of the four busiest corners by the Festival.  I then watched as an older […]

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Freedom Tower – Miami Street Photography

I’ve been wanting to photograph Miami’s most historic building for a few years — The Freedom Tower (also known as the Ellis Island of the South) but in a “street photography” kind of way. It’s a very difficult building to photograph.  Every angle and every side has many “obstacles” or things that show up in […]

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Dogs Rule! – Street photography in Miami

Dogs rule! A good street photograph should grab the viewer’s attention. A great street photograph should puzzle them.  When I saw this I knew I had to make a photograph of it.  There’s just so much going on.  The dog sign.  The dog being distracted by the people leaving.  And what is the dog doing, […]

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Hot Pants! – Street photography in Miami

Hot pants! This scene just jumped out at me….the flames on the grill of the truck; the hot pants; the tattoo flames on the husband’s arms; the “Marge Simpson” hair; and yes, it turns out the owner of the truck is a firefighter.  It all just “flamed” together to create a view that stopped me […]

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Muslim Girls – Street photography in Miami

I spotted these two Muslim girls chatting and laughing with each other and comparing their shoes and leggings with each other.  They were both clad in full burquas and hijabs (veils) but their one outlet of clothing expression was there shoes and leggings which were a colorful contrast to their traditional garb.  I could tell […]

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Is this street photography?

Is this street photography? It’s a question many street photographers will debate.  The answer depends on who you are talking with.  Sometimes I really like a multiple-exposure photo.  They can be really interesting. But there are some “traditionalist” street photographers who would argue that the image shouldn’t be altered.  The photo shown above I made […]

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Jamaican Paul – Street Photography in Miami

Jamaican Paul?  Yes.  That’s his name.  I’ve run into him many times over the years.  First, when he was a fixture at Jimbo’s bar on Virginia Key.  And then here in the Grove after Jimbo’s was closed. Paul is a true character and for decades has used his looks to earn money.  People will literally […]

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Zen Village is evicted – Street Photography in Miami

Saturday was one of those “mixed-emotions” kind of days.  On one hand I did some fantastic street photography at the Coconut Grove Arts Festivals.  But then I rode my bicycle by Zen Village (a popular local non-profit which offers classes in yoga, meditation, Buddhism, tea ceremonies, etc.) and saw a U-Haul truck in the front. […]

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