James St Laurent’s Miami / 1
A photo journal of Miami’s most intriguing neighbourhoods and sites
Text and images by James St Laurent
Come on Baby, drive south with the one you love
Drive South, John Hiatt lyric
As winter tightens its grip, Montrealers begin to prepare for the months of short days and temperatures that dip well below freezing. Some Montrealers hibernate but others pack up their bathing suits and beach towels and head southward making the 2,642 km trek to Miami – a brief 4-hour flight or about 25 hours of driving, depending on how heavy a snowshoe you wear on your accelerator foot! (The crows get a better deal than the Snowbirds only travelling 2,265 km.)
Depending on your ‘trajectory’ and GPS software, from Montreal you cross through New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and finally, the Sunshine State, Florida.
Driving in the southern portion of Florida State, you soon realize that speed limits and lines separating the lanes are merely suggestions. The concept of slower traffic keeping to the right lane of the highway seems to be a passing fancy – literally! In some ways it’s a bit like Montreal, but without the hand gestures.
Arriving in Miami Beach, you’ll notice that the city has weathered decades of change and upheavals but somehow always seems to rebound like a well-tanned Phoenix rising from the sand!
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James St Laurent – My work is all about the idea – to communicate through images that convey an emotive context and engage the viewer by presenting a visual paradox. Different types of subjects and genres require different approaches, but the end result is still a compelling image that captures your attention. Despite having had a camera early on, I found myself in a career as a stage set and lighting designer, then accidentally stumbled and fell back into photography. Since then I have shot a variety of genres, ranging from fashion to travel to portraits to concerts, and exhibited in galleries in both group and solo shows. There are photographs everywhere – the problem is to find the interesting images or those that no one else sees. The obvious is easy– the unique takes a little more time. jamesstlaurent.com