Entries in ARCHITECTURE (15)
This last week goes down as one of my favorite weeks in Miami Beach. On Saturday, after far too many months, Jonathan and I finally took a day off to enjoy the beach together. It was perfect, we sat quietly as he listened to music and I watched the sea birds and parasailers fly above us. Afterward, we walked to the end of Espanola and met some friendly little street cats and feel even more in love with the street with the Old Spanish flair. From noticing that my favorite South Florida flowers are starting to bloom, buying a fresh loaf of French raisin bread, to making my first Jessica-McMillen-inspired ricotta stuffed shells dish, the week continued blessing us with beautiful and memorable moments. Oh and to top it off, I acquired a couple new iPhone applications, adjusted my process and am now LOVING the exposures, color and textures I'm able to capture even more.
Having been out of town two weeks ago, I got a little off schedule with the Polaroids of the Week series. From now on, all posts will go grace the blog on Fridays. Happy weekend, all!
“Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect
I've decided to start taking my camera along with me when I am out on a drive, after all, I do live in a city rich in architectural history and visual diversity. I often drive down Miami's Modernist hictorical district along Biscayne Boulevard, commonly known as MiMo, and imagine the mid-century neighborhood during it's heyday- the now litter-laced overgrown lawns as once precisely manicured landscapes accenting the once bright, neon-lit archictectural splendors that now rest as muted, peeling pastel facades.
The old 50's drive-in Vagabond Motel is one of my favorite MiMo spectacles. Designed by Robert Swartburg, whom also designed Miami Beach's famed Art Deco hotel (also one of my personal favs) The Delano.
I was halfway through a doorway to document the interior spaces when I noticed a signs plastered to the walls warning that the building was unfit for entrance and quickly decided it would be an all-exterior shoot. I was not trying to get a tetanus infection or have my MarkII swiped!
Looking through a window, MiMo's famed relic, the Coppertone sign, made an appearance in the frame.
What a benefit it would be be to have this site, and the many surrounding, renovated to their original state. It's rumored that Frank Sinatra frequented this $3/day getaway!
Vintage photos courtesy of ModernMiami.net
A full blog post from the session will land tomorrow!