Last week was an absolute whirlwind. I was in Miami four days out of seven. My first visit in nearly three years.
Unfortunately, it also was - drive down Monday, drive back Tuesday, drive back down Saturday, drive back Sunday. Each one-way trip taking more than four hours. Over one thousand miles total. And that doesn't include the driving I did while I was down there!
There simply was no other schedule that allowed me to deliver my work to the Nude Night Miami gallery show, attend the event, and still take care of everything I had to do back home.
Needless to say, come Sunday night I was completely exhausted.
So, was it worth it?
One aspect of the event that left me no choice but to do a lot of driving last week was that work dropoff was on a Tuesday, the show did not open until Thursday evening, and the work pickup - assuming it did not sell - was not until Sunday.
I needed to be there for all three of those things...
Sure, it would have been real nice to simply stay in town the entire week, and in a perfect world, things would have worked out that way. But other business and family matters meant I had to be up here in sleepy Mount Dora during the middle of the week, making two separate trips a necessity.
And what trips they were! I stayed in North Miami Beach, up near the Broward County line, conducted my art business at the Nude Night Miami venue in Wynwood - a bit north of downtown - and made sure to leave enough time for a side trip to South Beach, shooting a very cool time lapse video from my car along the way.
The old Miami fashion and manufacturing district of Wynwood has become visually overwhelming in the last decade, as it seems nearly every square inch of every wall and building in the area has been painted over with either traditional wild style graffiti, or incredibly detailed street art murals. Many of them are commissioned designs painted by well known artists.
And while this trip had me zipping in and out of the neighborhood with a singular purpose, you can be sure I'll be back at some point soon to take advantage of the amazing scenery. Can you say fashion shoot?
Dropping off my work at the Nude Night Miami venue in Wynwood on Tuesday afternoon was easy enough, and before I knew it, it was Saturday and I was back down in Miami for the show.
Nude Night Miami, like its companion events in both Orlando and Tampa. tries to separate itself from conventional gallery openings by playing up the entertainment aspect. It also unfolds as a pop up event, opening Thursday evening, then running through and closing on Saturday.
It's really pretty remarkable, and a lot of dedicated folks work very hard to make the whole thing happen so quickly.
So, what was basically an empty warehouse on Monday had been transformed by Thursday into a thriving, provacative multi-media erotic showcase with the look and feel of a South Florida night club.
One nice aspect of the Nude Night Miami show Saturday night was seeing Orlando artist and fellow photographer Mary Bel and her boyfriend Pedro Geliga. Mary was part of the group photography show I was recently in, The Eye of the Beholder, held this past August and September at the Leesburg Center For The Arts.
You can read about that show in a previous blog post here.
Mary had two photos in Nude Night Miami as well. Because of my travel plans, I was able to bring and deliver her work for the Miami show when I dropped off my own on Tuesday. The couple then drove down Saturday, and we got to hang out for a bit at the opening that evening.
Again, it would have been great to stay longer, and defintely fun to shoot some fashion while I was there, there just wasn't enough time.
Luckily, I was able to take some advantage of the visit by shooting a time lapse - the camera mounted on the dashboard of my car - as I drove from North Miami Beach over to South Beach, and then across Biscayne Bay to Wynwood.
That finished video should be a blast, and I'll be sure to post it as soon as it's been edited.
Have you participated in or attended any of the Nude Night events in either Miami, Orlando, or Tampa? What did you think? Please leave any details or stories in the comments section below.
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