a week in the palms

6 days in Sarasota did not produce the warm sun, golden tan, or legions of couples displaying affection for a new Beach Lovers body of work as I would have hoped. I shut out the panic that was setting in, and concentrated on doing what I came to do: shoot photos. Looking past the strip malls that litter the landscape, and taking my camera into frigid winds that cleared the beaches, I found beautiful moments of solitude, splashes of tropical color and older couples who nuzzled closer together to keep warm. Those photos will reveal themselves soon when I get them developed, but for now, please enjoy this vibrant rainbow of Southwest Florida.  

Erica Reade