Yesterday Phyllis and I visited Miami's famous South Beach, to check out the area, before our shoot there during the Miami Art Deco Weekend. It will be held during the weekend of January 14,15 and 16th. and sounds like a pretty exciting and fun weekend. We arrived around 1PM and after meeting with Amanda Bush of the Miami Design Preservation League (http://www.mdpl.org/) who are running the weekend, we started out to explore the area. What an area this is for a Monday it was packed, of course it was the day of the Orange Bowl but we were told that during this time of the year it is normally busy. There are also many hotels some built in the 30s, many with the art deco look, which are just fascinating to see. You might wonder what is Art Deco, instead of me trying to explain it below is a description copied from the league's web page
Art Deco — What to look forThere are also many new hotels that look very expensive, that look out over the beach. But the Art Deco are the stars and there are some great examples on Ocean Drive and this alone would be a great reason to visit but there are many things to do here including the wonderful Miami beach. White sand, blue sky and warm water that is my idea of a great beach. If your hungry from all the swimming or site seeing your in luck there are many types of restaurants . You want Italian it is here, a hot dog its here and naturally seafood really fresh seafood. We decided to try Cuban food at Larios restaurant located on Ocean Drive. We were seated immediately at a table right in front of the restaurant, this is the usual seating in all the restaurants we saw. It is not private lol but it adds to the excitement and atmosphere of being there.
Over-all symmetry, ziggurat (stepped) rooflines, glass block, decorative sculptural panels, eyebrows, round porthole windows, terrazzo floors, curved edges and corners, elements in groups of three, neon lighting (used in both exteriors as well as interior spaces).
The food was great, I had grilled fish with moro rice and plantains, Phyllis had a grilled seafood dish that I had to help finish. Excellent food, service and the Mojitos were also really good. Phyllis said the best she has ever had.
The great thing about sitting out side was that it allows you to do what is maybe the more interesting activity and that is people watching. This is prime people watching territory lol. You see young guys walking up the street selling their CDs, young women with trays hung from there necks selling " cigarettes , cigars, cigarettes, cigars". I thought for sure I would see a bell boy yelling "Call for Phillip Morris" ( if your younger then 50 you might not get that reference lol) You might also see the best example of " not everyone can or should wear a bikini". Especially when they are in there 50s ( a guess) and a bearded man. You will also see many people that belong on a beach, great looking men and women can be seen everywhere.
We also saw a commercial being shot, many families walking Ocean Drive and many classic cars parked on the street. Including one with Bogie in the front seat.
There was a giant pink snail sitting there looking very peaceful and bright !! People are walking, riding biking, para sailing and some just laying in the grass.
We saw the Versace house, in front of which is where he was killed, it is now a private club.
Photographically it is a very colorful place and affords the opportunity for nature/ landscape, street candids, portraiture, food and architecture photography all on one street.
|PINK IS NOT THE ONLY BRIGHT COLOR HERE!|
|Some just rest in the sun|
|Great place for street photography!|
|Not all are fortunate!|
|One End of Ocean Drive|
|Commercial being shot|
|The BLUE OCEAN AND WHITE SAND|
|ART DECO HOTELS AND CLASSIC CARS!!|
|Bikini's dont work for everyone!!!|