About the Book
My dream came true ten years ago when I became a Florida resident. This happened just before the massive housing boom began. I immediately began seeking out some of the old family owned hotels of the 40s, 50s and 60s and found that, at a surprising pace, they were being demolished to make room for huge condo and hotel complexes. The "Old Florida" I loved from the postcards was quickly disappearing. I decided then to dedicate myself to preserving these icons through photography.
As I was documenting these images I learned of a new process called "High Dynamic Range" photography, a process allowing my photographs to take on an illustrative quality reminiscent of the postcards I treasured as a child.
Since my move to Florida, I am constantly aware of the fact that I am often just one step ahead of the wrecking ball. The old days of strolling Clearwater Beach past small hotels, restaurants and open views of the ocean have almost completely disappeared. Sadly, they are being replaced by condos, hotels and strip malls. My hope is that my photography will be a permanent reminder of what Florida "was" and what it will never be again.
Randy is currently an architectural, fine art photographer and photography instructor located in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and his photography is in hundreds of brochures for builders, architects and interior designers from around the country. His art photography is in the permanent collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and is in many corporate and private collections. Randy is an award-winning photographer, both nationally and internationally. He was named the “2012 Photographer of the Year” by the Florida Professional Photographers association. Randy won the Silver Medal in the World Photographic Cup’s Commercial category, he placed first place in the commercial category at the 2014 Grand Imaging Awards and second place in 2013, which is PPA’s International Print Competition. The Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association (TAPPA) named Randy “Photographer of the Year” in 2013.