YBOR CITY, TAMPA, FLORIDA
As a photography professor teaching "Beginning Photography," I routinely take my students on photo walks in Tampa's historic Ybor City. One of the oldest sections of town, Ybor was once a thriving hub of industry with immigrants from Spain, Cuba and Italy manning the brick cigar factories. Thanks to a recovery that kicked off in the early 1980s, the area is now home to restaurants, bars, boutiques and nightclubs. With all of this history, Ybor reminds me of the French Quarter in New Orleans, a feeling that grows when I see the streetcars pass beneath wrought iron balconies. I made the picture above last week on a photo walk with my students, setting up in the Centro Ybor tourist section. A vacant storefront with a leasing sign led to a perfect photo opportunity of a businessman strolling along the brickway while the bronze statue of Roland Manteiga reading the paper is carefully framed in the background.