Arriving in Florida felt like a dream. It wasn’t real. A layer of humidity blanketed the flat landscape and the sun turned my skin a color it had never been before. Saving tortoises from becoming roadkill. Splashing in pools and catching lizards. Those last childhood memories were the first memories I had of Florida.
Each year passed and the reality of Florida began to creep in as I grew up. I began to see how politics shaped the coastlines. Tides became higher and buildings expanded the skylines. A drowning fantasy. When I left and returned home from college, the changes became more apparent than ever.
Portrait of Florida explores how the past and present intertwine, reflecting the ever changing magical landscape that is the Sunshine State.