I attended a Little Havana walking tour that I used as a photowalk for my group. The tour was led by Miami Historian, Dr. Paul George. It started at the Tower Theater on 8th Street and headed West through many of the first neighborhoods in Miami during the turn of the century. I realized how new Miami is after walking through areas near 15th avenue that were Groves and Pineapple Plantations. West of 27th avenue was considered the Everglades. Imagine that. The area near the Tower Theater is not a new or modern epicenter of Miami activity. Many of Miami's most prominent families lived, worked and played in the area. The most colorful place I encountered was the Ball and Chain. The Ball and Chain was and is a Nightclub across from the Tower Theater that used to be a Gambling Club when Gambling was highly illegal. At first the club had doormen to ensure that only trusted people, and not police could enter. After a time, the "Wild West" attitude of Miami removed the need for doormen at the Ball and Chain and illegal activity brazenly thrived with the knowledge of the authorities. Here are some of my images from the tour. I encourage anyone seeking a more historical perspective to check out Dr. Georges walks.
Had some fun surfing and playing with my GoPro!
I was honored to make this video for my friend William. We did not rehearse. There was no script. This is William speaking from the heart. William Ledbetter AKA "Billyboy Surfman Beachbum" talks about how surfing has changed his life by the interactions that he has had with people from all walks of life. Billy's journey began at Surf Shack in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa and continues as a Senior Surfing Instructor at Surf Emporium, owned by Roxy and William Davis.