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|Little Haiti Sunday|
hot semitropical day.
the beach is crowded
the ocean is flat.
it would be more fun with the waves and the riptide
or some snorkeling gear
just a quick swim
ride the cruiser bike over the venetian way bridges to downtown Miami.
looking for more storefronts to shoot -
little Haiti - the north side of town.
lots of places are closed -
wonder if it is because it is Sunday
or because it is past 6 pm.
not many people in the street.
the light changes a lot because of the clouds.
if the light is good on the east side of the street -
it makes it hard to shoot on the west side.
for some places i should come back in the morning.
thousands of little bugs swarming.
in some places it is hard to see and ride the bike.
i have coconut oil sun protection over my face and arms
and all these little motes get stuck on.
i see some chicken freely roaming the streets -
a crack head woman both friendly and hostile
“i am on crack - do you have a dollar? what if i took your camera? you
want to take my picture? what about if i suck you? do you want to see my
tits? you must be a terrorist, you have a camera! go back to south beach. “
i gave her a dollar then she gives back to me then she takes it again.
it is like talking to different people at once.
someone now evil then sweet and vulnerable.
just inconsistent - a roller coaster of thoughts and actions.
the ghetto in Miami looks poorer than anything i saw in new york.
so many people asking for a dollar -
a lot of alcoholics and toothless crack heads in the streets.
76th and 6th av. it is not really little Haiti anymore.
mostly auto mechanics and car body shops.
there are beautiful murals at hidden corners.
st mary cathedral
from afar i thought it could be a mosque -
the blue and white tiles.
i see the coral bricks at the entrance.
services in english / creole / spanish.
i head back to the 50s
there are people bbqing in the backstreets
i hear priests delivering their sermons thru loud sound systems -
i look inside churches i see women kneeling and covering their faces.
i hear hip hop and i hear voodoo music.
and there is smoke and scent of grilled meat everywhere,
i stop at an auto mechanic.
3 young Haitian kids pose for me.
they tell me where to find more nice wall paintings.
the tell me i am covered by these little bugs.
there is a car store that sells music.
i smell pot being smoked inside.
a elder woman is dressed up.
a bum eating from a styrofoam plate on some bench outside .
i say hello and she smiles.
she has jewelry, broken shades, style.
not many Asian people in Miami.
i see just 2 Chinese restaurants
where the food is cooked and served by black Haitians.
it is hard to photograph people here.
even if friendly most they don't want to have their photo taken.
i see some women dressed up walking out of churches .
awesome colors and hats
but most of the times
they just say no.
i have to ride 10 miles back
stop at target
with a beach cruiser you cant go too fast and
after 6/7 miles the wide seat rubs on the inner thighs.
just not so comfortable for riding more than short distances.
feels like a different world
and a wind chill from the AC.
i m riding the venetian way
it is 10 pm 78 degrees and 80 percent of humidity.
there is breeze from the ocean.
i stop at Walgreen's and buy a 12 pack of beer.
after 22 miles - i am tired.