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Black And White Photos From Coconut Creek Resident Showcases South Florida's Beauty

Between photos of clear skies and even clearer waters, we're used to seeing snapshots of South Florida in all shades of blue. But one Broward photographer has set out to capture the area's typically colorful scenery in black and white. 

Since taking up photography five years ago, Sandra Canning, owner of Fine Art Photography, has made it her mission to capture Florida in a whole new light. That's why the Coconut Creek-based artist chooses to share her iconic images in only black and white.

By stripping the color, viewers are able to participate in the photo and use their imagination to add color where they would like to see it, Canning said.  

Canning has lived in South Florida for 10 years, but when she first set out to photograph the Sunshine State in 2011, there were a lot of detractors.

“Everybody said when I started that I had to leave Florida, that it was flat and ugly, and there was nowhere to shoot here,” she said.

Fortunately for Canning, however, she never found that to be true. Her images feature local architecture and seaside landscapes that she discovers using Google maps, with locations ranging from Jupiter to Islamorada. 

Canning said her favorite photos to capture are those that combine nature and man-made structures.

“I love man versus nature, you know—when man imposes himself with these concrete structures and creates something beautiful and so functional,” she said.

Ultimately, Canning hopes to turn her collection of work, called "The Sunshine State in Black and White," into a book that depicts Florida in her own unique way.

Though most of her work can be found around town in fine art galleries and exhibits, some of her photographs are also on display in public venues for low-income audiences, like Miami's Veterans Hospital. 

Canning’s art donation program, The Neighborhood Beautification Project, focuses on displaying her work among communities that need it most. 

She encourages public venues in need to reach out to her for artwork donations.

"Getting art into poor and underserved communities is one of the most important things we can do with art," she said. "We can make sure it’s exposed to people that don’t have the budget or means to appreciate it."

Visit The Neighborhood Beautification Project's GoFundMe page if you are interested in donating, or own a public venue in need of a donation. 

Coral Cove, Jupiter 

Deerfield Pier, Deerfield Beach 

Boynton Beach Inlet 

Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale 


(Photos courtesy of Sandra Canning)