Dade City, Florida

As a Philadelphia editorial and commercial photographer, I’m often photographing in orchestrated environments.  And as a fine art photographer, I’m frequently thinking of my concept when producing work.  When traveling, I get an opportunity to shoot in an entirely spontaneous way.

My grandparents spend their winters in Florida and have for over a decade.  They don’t own, they rent, which means they often end up at a different place every year.  For the last few years, however, they’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay in the same community near Dade City (the land of the hanging chads), about an hour and a half northwest of Orlando.

Dade City is a lovely community, and if you are heading to Florida for peace and quiet – and don’t care about the beaches – it’s a great place to spend some time.  I recently went with my girlfriend (Tracie Van Auken, another Philadelphia photographer) down to visit for a few days.

-Matt