ALEXANDER MILLS

I've been traveling to Florida my whole life. Originally to visit my grandparents and now to visit my parents. As often as I've been here and as connected as I feel I'm still an outsider. I've always been fascinated with the honky tonk beach towns; the pastel colors, short term rentals communities and water themed murals around every corner make up that Americana that appeals to me. While modern resort towns boast sterile hotels and five star restaurants, I've always found more character in the rough-around-the-edges communities. They tend to have more character and attract the blue collar snowbirds. Patriotic alleyways of sand and painted vinyl siding baking in the sun. Walking these streets you're greeted with the smell of cheap beer and cigarettes lingering in the air. Working on this project I find myself exploring memories of the physical but also my current relationship to this place. These images were made using a 6x7 rangefinder on Kodak Portra color film.

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