Monday, May 3, 2010

The Streets of St. Pete

"Man with Sunglasses and Brick Wall" St. Petersburg, Florida 1990
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"Smoking At Night" St. Petersburg, Florida 1992
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"Retired Couple" St. Petersburg, Florida 1992
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"Two Dudes" Southside St. Petersburg, Florida 1993
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Shooting portraits on the streets of St. Petersburg when I was growing up had a very strange quality. There was an abundance of eccentric and interesting people around. Mostly because St. Pete was once the retirement destination of choice,- there was always a huge population of "senior citizens" wandering around. It kind of retained the look of the 1950s because most of it's inhabitants were still dressing the same until 2000.
When I was growing up the average age of the town was 64- that is an old average.
But beyond age there was also a certain surreal style that seems to have pervaded the town like no where else I have ever lived.

1 comment:

  1. St. Petersburg was definitely a surreal place to grow up for me, the Dali museum seems right at home there. The Retired Couple is spot on. Love it.