I love this picture for what it isn’t. Wait. What? Things aren’t always what they seem? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover? Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder? I don’t know what would best describe it. This “lighthouse” is actually a faux structure on top of a restaurant in Florida. What you can’t see is the busy restaurant below surrounded by shops and cars and people. People snap photos of actual lighthouses all the time. The fact that this one probably doesn’t get captured is exactly what made me want to. I’ve sold many of this print in my shop. People love it. I wonder if they love it for what it is or for what they want it to be?
I’m proud of where I’m from and like to return home to Tampa as often as I can. Beaches? Check. Amusement? Check. Dining? Shopping? Check Check. Farmland? Check. Downtown? Check. Family? Why, of course. That’s actually why I return as often as I can.
This is not your typical vacation photo, but these are often the kind I come home with. I mean, how many pictures of the ocean do you really need? We were out on the balcony of our condo when it happened. The grass on the sandy dunes swayed in the breeze. The continual sound of waves crashing to shore had nearly lulled my husband and I to sleep. Then I saw it. I jumped up, camera in hand, and began to focus on the side of the building next to ours. “Those meters are so cool!” No reaction of surprise. My husband just smiled. He had seen this behavior before.