(Published in MIP : http://miamiinstituteofphotography.com/2017/08/24/us-1/)
—St. Augustine, Florida—
U.S. Route 1 is a large freeway that runs from north to south of the United States. With a length of 2369 miles, it goes from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, making it the longest north-south highway in the United States. The freeway connects many of the major east coast cities, including Miami, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.
It is a pleasant route, with almost constant presence of the marine horizon, with thousands of stories and, the further north we move, a vintage aesthetic that reaches its maximum expression in St. Augustine.
St. Augustine is a beautiful city on the Atlantic coast of northeastern Florida. It is the oldest and continuously occupied settlement established by Europeans in the United States. St. Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565 by the Spanish Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the first governor of Florida. He named the settlement “San Agustín”, since its ships that had settlers, troops and supplies of Spain had first sighted the land in Florida the 28 of August, the party of San Agustín. The city served as the capital of Florida for over 200 years, and became the capital of eastern British Florida when territory briefly changed hands between Spain and Britain.
Spain returned Florida to the United States in 1819, and St. Augustine was designated the capital of Florida in 1821. Territorial government moved and Tallahassee became the capital in 1824. Since the late 19th century, the historic character of St. Augustine has Made the city a great tourist attraction.
There, in St. Augustine I begin a photographic series of villages along the U.S. Route 1.