The Sunshine State

The Sunshine State

It maybe called the Sunshine State, but Florida is actually a state that sees all kinds of weather—from hurricanes and flooding, to sunny days and outrageous humidity.

Montreal-based photographer François Ollivier was avoiding the intense Canadian winter recently when he and his girlfriend took a trip to Florida and embarked on a road trip that took them to Miami and the Florida Keys, the Everglades, Bokeelia, Sanibel and Fort Meyers.

“We tried to avoid the most touristy places,” Ollivier tells us. “but truth is, there's almost no ‘alternative way’ to visit Florida. And that's actually cool; what you expect is pretty much exactly what you get.”

The Sunshine State is the result of François Ollivier’s adventure is a travel diary that captures Florida in all seasons.

First, we see the state in the dead of winter. If you’ve never experienced a December without snow or ice, behold Florida Christmas displays!

Then came the beautiful beach scenes of the Florida coast, with magnificent dusk-like sunshine.

But then François Ollivier shows the other side of Florida; the side you don’t often think about when organizing that family vacation—the terrifying hurricane season.

Florida’s peak hurricane season runs from around August to October, and it was in August and September of 2017 that Hurricane Irma struck Florida. This powerful storm caused death and catastrophic damage to the state of Florida, that Ollivier was also able to capture while on his road trip.

François Ollivier’s photo series pays homage to the state’s beautiful resilience and shows us a new side of Florida, away from postcard-perfect shots.


Written by Rachel Ruiz; All Photography © François Ollivier.

See more of François Ollivier’s series The Sunshine State on his website; follow François on Instagram to keep up to date with his work.

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Rachel Ruiz is the Managing Editor of Slide Night.