Key West in Florida is known for it’s tropical climate and the bright bold colors influenced by the Conch (Bahamian immigrants) history, which makes it ideal for shooting with color film, especially slide. But load a camera with black-and-white film and you get a real sense of the history of the building on the island. Read on to find out more.
Last year we visited Key West in Florida. It is an island on the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys and is also is home to the southernmost point in the continental United States, with the island being about 90miles away from Cuba. The island is only about 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 2 miles (3.2 km) wide.
Even though it is part of the US, many of its residents were immigrants from the Bahamas, known as Conchs, so it has much more of what I imagine as a Bahamian Caribbean feel to the island and is so different from the rest of the US and even Florida.
Key West Sky was a constant brilliant blue sky and given the Caribbean feel, there are bright colors everywhere, which leads itself to slide film really well. However as I had taken a variety of cameras with me, I decided to put some black-and-white film into my Olympus Trip 35 to see how they come out and decided to focus more on the architecture there. Part of the Conch history are the buildings and a majority of the buildings in the Old Town are Plantation-type houses, which are just so lovely and either pristine or slightly run down.
I think although color photos, especially on slide film work really well with the weather and colors of Key West, the black-and-white film allows you to get more of a sense of the history and age of the town. I’m glad I had a camera loaded with black-and-white film!