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An Eye Opening Drive

I just got back from giving a speech to the Tallahassee professional photographers guild, and had a blast, the guild members were great and I could not have asked for a better audience, and they had a lot of great questions on HDR. I met my friend Martin at his studio outside Tallahassee in a small town called Madison. Martin was a gracious host and took me out to lunch to his favorite BBQ place Ken’s. On the way back we made a couple of stops to photograph some of the flavor of Madison. The two shots where taken from a small business run by a great older gentleman, whom Martin referred to as the Lawnmower Man. I could have spent hours photographing at this location but we were short of time.

On Friday I had decided to drive down some of the back roads of Florida, and experience something besides a freeway. As I drove down Highway 19 and some of the other rural roads I had an eye opening experience. Just so you know, I have lived in the city most of my life in many areas all around this country, but as I looked at some of these rural areas, I saw poverty that I have never seen before. I don’t know what I’m going to do about it yet, I might try to do some photographs that show some of what I saw, or I might do something else, I’m not sure yet.

I did find some exciting images driving down Highway 19 and then over to Highway 41, here are a few of the images from that drive and you will probably see a few more over the next couple of weeks.

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