VISIT TO AMI January 20, 2019 Anna Maria Island Last week I visited Anna Maria Island, Florida. My photography goal for this trip was to play around with night photography and get familiar with my new camera. I have been going to AMI since 1988. What I loved about the trip was viewing the island through a photographer's eye. This made me see the charm of the island so much more than if just spend a weekend there without my camera. My second goal of this trip was to get over my fear of asking strangers if I could take their picture. As I was approaching the island I stopped at a SUP rental store, located in a painted school bus, on the side of the causeway. I walked around the bus capturing many angles and then knocked on the school bus door to introduce myself and tell the owner what was doing. As soon as the owner opened the door, I knew I wanted to take his picture. He's look was exactly what you would expect from an owner of a SUP rental company, located in a painted school bus on an island in Florida. He agreed and was a perfect subject. He gave me a few different poses without me asking. I could tell he was enjoying having his picture taken and that made both of us more relaxed. After gaining a little confidence at the SUP bus, I wanted to try this out at a local bar. My sister and I decided to see what was happening on Bridge Street. It is a tourist street full of bars, restaurants, shops. At the end of the street is a well kept trailer park lined by palm trees and American flags. As we drove in I made eye contact with a Harley Davidson looking man at an outside tiki hut bar. A few minutes later, I walked up to him and his friends with a big smile and asked if I could take his picture. One friend joked that I could find his picture on a wanted sign at the post office. It was a fun experience and a way to show the humanity in people I might otherwise walk by.