James St Laurent’s Miami / 6
A photo journal of Miami’s most intriguing neighbourhoods and sites
Text and images by James St Laurent
Miami’s famous Wynwood district is a canvas for urban art and one of the city’s most happening areas. Block after block filled with street art, huge wall murals and even entire apartment buildings covered in massive murals interweaved with craft breweries, funky art galleries, late-night bars, stylish bistros and chic clothing boutiques, all in a creative atmosphere frequented by a young hip crowd.
In the 70s Wynwood was an ageing collection of warehouses. In the early 2000s, Tony Goldman (entrepreneur, preservationist, developer, restaurateur, hotelier and a patron of the arts) focused his company, Goldman Properties, on turning the failing neighbourhood into a cultural attraction. Today, everywhere you turn, are carefully preserved buildings covered in murals, constantly changed by inspired artists.
Miami’s famous Wynwood district is a canvas for urban art and one of the city’s most happening areas.
Grab a latte at the Panther Cafe and enjoy the warm Miami weather on their terrace. A few short blocks away are the incredible artworks that stretch across the large walls in the courtyard of The Wynwood Walls that are essentially a garden full of wall murals from both local and international artists, perfectly capturing the spirit and colours of Miami.
The district just north of Wynwood, the Design District, also offers an unparalleled selection of some of the world’s most luxurious retail stores and an eminent shopping destination.
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Miami has weathered the sands of time and the winds of change. The city has been able to keep up with the times by constantly renewing itself while maintaining its unique character over time to become the instigator of its own evolution and a transient and versatile tourist destination whose colours are always evolving.
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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