IN THE DAY AND AGE WHERE INSTAgram and Facebook allow anyone and everyone to share their favorite photos of their meals, pets, sexy bodies and really just about anything at any and every time of the day with the click of an app, it is hard to imagine a time when visual imagery was a distinguished master craft, slow-cooked and well thought out.
Photographers for the last century have had to deal with much more laborious approaches to the final product than even the hardest working social media influencers of today might ever imagine, from long exposures and developing, to fixing and washing in a darkroom with sensitivities to matted and glossy prints. The amount of time spent on creation probably caused more pause to consider more excellent technique, lighting, composition, depth of field and subject matter, offering more time to produce masterpieces. It meant getting it right since you didn’t have unlimited digital space and film was costly.
Plus there was no social media.
It also likely limited the number of those involved to the few who had the both the passion and resources for this hobby and profession.
Still, the potential of creating a two-dimensional still frame works is alive and well — online and offline — and we here at Florida Weekly Key West Edition, who give a damn about masterful visual presentation, found a few of Florida’s expert snappists who we feel embrace the gentle but powerful potential of the medium that can capture that one-of-a-kind moment that will move you in ways that may not in any other way, than by this one distinct and well-focused snapshot.
So it is with delight and profound reverence of the fine art of photography we present to you this year’s edition of Photographed, celebrating South Florida photographers who will delight you with colorful, poignant, brilliant and exceptional works to enjoy and remember. ¦
— Photos curated and arranged by Eric Raddatz; email@example.com. BY ERIC RADDATZ