“Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”
Tom Hanks, Cast Away (2000)
“The only way to know, really know, a city is through solitary explorations. Nothing else will suffice.” -from Man Seeks God, by Eric Weiner
After more than 2 years exploring the city of Tampa, I’m no expert but have come to feel a connection to the city. I’m no longer living in Tampa, so I have not been able to keep up with current events in recent weeks, but hopefully some of the subjects I’ve photographed will remain timeless in the city. I plan to keep this blog archived here as long as WordPress will let me, so if you ever want a Tampa fix, drop by and browse through the category cloud at the bottom of the page. Better yet, park the car and take a walking tour of downtown, Ybor City, Seminole Heights, Westshore, or any other Tampa neighborhood. Because urban exploration – solitary or otherwise – is best done on foot. And as Finding Tampa rides off into the sunset, sunrise seemed to be a fitting subject for this final post. Is there any more optimistic time than sunrise?
Several local bloggers have influenced me and probably did not realize it. I began reading most of their blogs before I started Finding Tampa, and their efforts encouraged me to take this project seriously and to try to keep a positive tone. Some of them are, in no particular order: Tampa Do-Gooder, Tampania, Smiles Go With Everything, The SOG City Oracle, The Ybor City Stogie (Stogie, where are you?), Recreating Tampa, and Tampa Bay Breakfasts. Some of these folks are not posting as frequently as they used to, but if you are not following their work you should be.
It seems odd to say farewell to so many people who, for the most part, I’ve never even met. But it has been reassuring to me to share these photos over the past 2+ years. A therapeutic benefit I hadn’t anticipated when I started. So I’ll just leave with the classic farewell from The Truman Show:
In case I don’t see you – Good afternoon, good evening, and good night!