Living in South Florida I will admit I take for granted all the Miami attractions that the out of town tourists flock to. I figured why not take a day to be a tourist in my own city. I wanted to experience what out of town people come to Miami for. The beaches, the nightlife, the beautiful weather. I was going to be a tourist for once and check out all the things to do in downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
While most of the country is experiencing freezing temperatures and snowy conditions, I’m here enjoying winter on Miami Beach. What is winter on Miami Beach you ask? It’s warm tropical breezes, mojitos on the sidewalk cafes, and basically every tourist is here trying to stay warm. Sure the palm trees and warm weather doesn’t make it feel like the holiday season, but Santa still visits us whether we have snow or sand on the ground. I prefer the sand though.
As a photographer I have learned to love all types of art. What I love about going to the Wynwood section of Miami is the intricate graffiti and murals splashed all over the walls in a 10 block radius. It blows my mind the art that I see in the Wynwood graffiti. You literally could spend a day there walking around and admiring every piece of art that is drawn about building walls.
After visiting Vizcaya for the first time two months ago to help photograph a wedding there, I’ve been itching to go back and photograph it myself. Vizcaya is located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, FL. It was the former home of James Deering who basically created these elaborate gardens and built a villa inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture. It’s absolutely beautiful.
A couple weeks back my friend, Nulise, asked me if I wanted to go photograph the graffiti at the Miami Marine Stadium in Key Biscayne and who am I to say no. You might remember the Miami Marine Stadium from when I photographed Lorell there. Well we sent a few texts back and forth and set up a time and date to meet up. We decided to got and photography the graffiti because the city will be renovating the decrepit and debilitated stadium soon and we wanted to capture some of the art that has been painted on to the walls of the stadium.
Today I decided to check out the The Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery down in North Miami Beach. I was surfing online one day and stumbled upon the website for it. The history of the Monastery was that it was built in Sacramenia, Spain back between 1133-1144 and that in 1925 it was purchased by an American, William Randolph Hearst, who had it disassembled stone by stone and brought over here where it was pieced back together. Today it is a museum of sorts and an active Episcopalian church, St.Bernard’s Church. Many of the relics, statues, altars, paintings, at the Monastery were from the original site and are about 800 years old.