Today I am introducing you to the work of a fabulous photographer with an amazing catching eye sensibility. When I met Elisa Benedetti H at some Christmas shopping pop-up, I saw this image of the Rickenbaker Causeway and I instantaneously connected to what this bridge means to me. I needed to have her on this new project of mine showcasing Key Biscayne from a different perspective.
When I moved to key Biscayne my biggest fear was to be 15/20 min away from the mainland, I felt I was going to regret the driving in and out. My mind continued creating all sort of excuses to sabotage my decision of moving and have my children grow in a small community environment. I was always thinking I was going to get stuck not being able to get out.
After 16 years of commuting my relationship with this bridge is an inexplicable story. When I am stressed out in a rush to go out, I am late and I can’t speed because of cops most likely hidden in some mangrove. I then get on the bridge, the amazing view of Brickell on one side or the bay on the other and without noticing all the anxiety disappears, I get all motivated and being late just becomes secondary!
How about coming back to the island all stress out desperate to get out of Miami’s craziness, distances, and reckless drivers. As I pass the toll, there is the Rickenbacker bridge with the view of Key Biscayne and the horizon on the far distance, it is a split of second that acts upon me as the most powerful anti-stress or anxiety relief, once I get to the key the stress is gone.
Elisa Benedetti’s work reminds me so much of this magical connection, I have developed with this bridge and my decision to raise my kid on Paradise Island. I hope you can relate and enjoy her work as much as I do, for these are the precious details that differentiate the quality of life a place can bring to you. And the spirit you’d like to carry from within.
Stay tuned as I’ll continue showing you her work…