One Way Ticket

I hired this little Hobie cat to be a prop for an ad shoot in St. Pete Beach.

There was also a model who wore an impossibly unwrinkled shirt along with perfect makeup that didn’t run in the typical Florida heat.

Long after the satsified client departed, I was still chatting with the owner of the boat. That’s when I asked if the rental fee also entitled me to take his photo.

It did.

I shot a single roll of film before we resumed our conversation. I asked how long he’d been working the beach.

He told me that when he was 19, he flew down from Minnesota for spring break but never went home. Eventually, he cashed out the value of his return ticket and never looked back.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.