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Architectural Photography – A Busman’s Holiday

© Simon Hadley Photography

Architectural Photography – A Busman’s Holiday.

I’m back at work after a couple of weeks exploring Florida, from Cocoa Beach ( to watch Elon Musk’s Space X rocket launch) we travelled down the Gulf Coast, through the Everglades and onwards to Key West, before returning back up along the Atlantic Coast to spend a few days in Miami’s super cool South Beach.

As well as rocket launches, alligators and eagles I also indulged in a bit of a busman’s holiday taking the chance to photograph some world famous architecture.

Taking a slight diversion en route from Cocoa Beach to Sarasota we popped in to the Florida Southern College in Lakeland, to visit the world’s largest single site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. In 1938, the Florida Southern College president, Dr. Ludd M. Spivey, approached Wright with the task of transforming the 100-acre lakeside orange grove into a modern campus. The collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College is called Child of the Sun. The name for the architecture came from Wright’s idea of removing the “uninspired” buildings of the existing campus and replacing them with a campus that would, according to Wright, “grow out of the ground and into the light, a child of the sun.”

It’s an amazing campus, the buildings look like a 1940s science fiction idea of architecture while at the same time working with the environment in an organic way, curving around trees, hedges and borders rather than imposing themselves.

In contrast to Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophical concept of architecture, the Miami Architectural District (also known as Art Deco district, South Beach or SoBo!) is all about fun, sunshine and decadence.

Pastel shaded art deco hotels and buildings line Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, the restored buildings and regenerated area are a real pleasure, amazing to think that in the 1980s South Beach was a no-go area, the biggest threat in the area now is being run over by a bikini clad model on roller skates!

That was last week…this week I will be photographing a series of buildings in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, I hear it may stop raining tomorrow, there might even be some sunshine!!!

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