© Rona Chang 2014

The Lore and Lure of Key West

The Lore and Lure of Key West is an exploration of the role, significance, and relevance that the historical, multicultural, and island landscape plays in the contemporary lives of both Key West residents and visitors. The continental U.S.A.’s southernmost city, Key West, embraces a fascinating fusion of history, eccentricity, and island charm. The lores and lures of the island have been present since the mid 1800’s. There is a sense of creativity and rugged individualism on this island paradise that is geographically closer to Cuba than Miami. The eclectic yet charming mix of street festivals, literary landmarks, nature preserves, state parks, Conchs (natives), wealthy retirees, seasoned captains, artists, bartenders, military personnel, and flocks of tourists all contribute to the spirit of Key West. This unique blend of characters and locations is examined in The Lore and Lure of Key West. With the expanse of water beyond its shores, the influx of tourists, and the rhythms of Cuba pulsing in, the human imprint in Key West ebbs and flows with the tides.

The Lore and Lure of Key West images are printed as digital chromogenic prints.

The Lore and Lure of Key West was produced during a residency at The Studios of Key West and thanks to the open arms of the community.

The Twins, The reMARCable Pumpkin Patch.
The Dude and Walter Zombies.
The End is Near, Very Near.
The White Rabbit, The Sheriff's Animal Farm.
The High Schoolers, The Nature Preserve.
The Dancing Ladies and The Tourists, Customs House.
The Snorkeler, Great Florida Reef.
The Future Fruit Stand, Big Pine Key.
The Hello Kitty Great Danes, Casa Marina.
Marcie The Paddleboarder and Mimi The Dog, Casa Marina.
The Street Kids, Fort Zachary Taylor.
Scott with Black Tutu.
Cruella de Vil and Her Dogs, Frances Street.
The Underdog and His Dog, Frances Street.
The Superheroes, Simonton Sreet.
The Zombie in the Skull Dress, Higgs Beach.
The Cat Man, Mallory Square.