Nagler’s photo center around the elderly. There is deem emotional content in most of his photos in My Love Affair of Miami Beach. Nagler’s first photos show human interaction on a friendship. The people in Miami Beach loved to be around each other, there was a big sense of community. Spending time together over a meal or lounging on the beach, the elderly loved to be close. In my photo “Conversaciones” I try to show how people still value interaction today.
He then goes into different types of intimacy; people talking, people embracing, people kissing, and people enjoying their surroundings. Intimacy is not reserved for the youth. Nagler sheds light on the fact that the elderly have life too. They don’t deserve the characteristics they are often associated with. Most people think of the elderly as lifeless pieces of history, that have lost their sense of spunk and liveleyness. This is proven false throughout the book. Nagler catches the elderly in their true light; the elderly are full of life, energy, freedom, intimacy, and passion for life.
These two photos above(I’m counting them as one) above seem ordinary, but have a significant story to go along with them. In “My Love Affair with Miami Beach”, Nagler adds a photo of an extremely old man sitting on a bench.He explains that he thought of the man as the oldest a human can get. He also informs us that he had seen the man six months prior, and thought the same exact thing about his age. Nagler tells how it made him happy to know the man was still alive. My two photos touch upon this theme. These two men (possibly professors) were having an engaging conversation outside of the library. I took the first picture on my way in to the library because I thought it represented the type of intimacy and conversation that Nagler portrayed in his photos. While leaving after around 15 minutes, I snapped the second photo. I was astonished to still see the same men, in the same spot, having the same engaging conversation. The connection between the men felt so strong, as if they couldn’t get enough of each other. What seemed to be final words after stepping into the cold wind turned into a continuous conversation where both couldn’t let go. The intimacy of conversation draws me to looking at these two photos together.
Nagler has photos of people playing guitars outside. They seems to be enjoying playing their instruments, their outdoor surroundings, and they even enjoy being able to play for the people around them. Everyone who goes to Michigan knows the religious group who can be found singing and dancing around campus. They stand togeather, vibrantly playing multiple instruments and dancing at the same time. They shows the same characteristics as the elderly people of Miami Brach.
Nagler ends his photo book with a series of photos of eccentric murals. There murals are huge and loud, but wouldn’t usually be accosted with an elderly person. Nagler takes these pictures with the murals to represent the lives of the elderly living in Miami Beach. They may look soft and reserved, but on the inside they just as loud and live as the murals.