Although Florida is known as the “Sunshine State”, it’s mainly a tagline for tourists, a pitch to get the snowbirds to travel down from the north in winter spend their money, party and toast their pale bodies in the sun. I lived in South Florida for 13 years, photographing both snowbirds and locals. One of my favorite times to photograph was in the late afternoon and early evening, just as the sun was setting. The light was warm and still, the colors were soft, and the shadows were long. It was the time when the tourists disappeared and the locals took over. After work, they would drift down to the beaches or parks, to fish, enjoy the setting sun, drink a few beers, and hang out with their friends. It was the perfect time to be a photographer.