July 4, 2012. Watchtower. Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida.
Time for a little history lesson.
It's common for Americans to think of World War II as something that happened "over there" in Europe or in the Pacific. There were engagements with German U-Boats starting right here in 1942 off the Atlantic Coast of Florida.
This rare WWII Watch Tower was built in 1941 for the Coast Guard to watch for German submarines. Some battles were visible from the beach. Some 10,000 German Prisoners of War were housed in Florida, mostly survivors from Atlantic Coast and Caribbean U-Boat engagements.
On a separate note, this is the first of a few photos that I've processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.1's "Direct Positive" setting as the starting point. My dad was a photographer, and growing up he shot nothing but slide film. With Kodak retiring Kodachrome last year, I came across a National Geographic collection of Kodachrome shots and felt some nostalgia for the beautiful, saturated hues that I remember from (long) family slide shows growing up.
So while it is a shot of a WWII Watch Tower, this shot really reminds me of family beach trips during the 1970s and 1980s and those moments that formed my love for Florida.
Leica X1. 24.0 mm. 1/500. f/11. ISO 100. LR 4.1.