Nothing can be taken for granted in this place where millionaires look like bums, straight husbands dress as women, and a man slathered in oil wearing only a neon sock turns out to be one of the best pilots for bush hunting in Alaska! Key West is a place of contradictions, where escapist hedonism and inescapable poverty exist side by side.
I returned to this place that was an integral part of my own coming of age to document this time while the island community exists in a transient limbo. Over the last nine months, the people here have let me into their lives and shared their concerns about new challenges facing Key West.
Caribbean and mainlander immigration and the uncomfortable realities of rising sea levels are testing long-held island hierarchies and traditions. There is no doubt that Key West faces unpredictable change. These photographs capture a balance among many diverse peoples before the tides shift, and the moment is lost.