The rising skyline of sunny isles beach is unrelenting evidence of Miami’s resilience and exciting growth. Here, native photographer Charlie Garcia captures the essence of why he’s proud to call this city home.
“Miami born and raised—with temporary stints in New York, LA, and Tokyo—I’ve basically lived here my entire life. Home, and its inescapable beauty that we locals often take for granted, always lures me back. Take, for example, the indigo hue of the sky right before dusk. I shot this image of the Sunny Isles Beach skyline standing atop the Beach Bar at Newport Pier (one of my local hidden gems). It’s here where our calm waters meet our clear skies during what can only be described as blue hour. In this moment of stillness, it’s not only amazing to witness how the city has bounced back from hard times just a couple of years ago, but it’s a living testament to how great Miami is and what makes it, well, Miami.
As for transformation, I’ve witnessed the city’s exponential growth for decades, and if you look closely at the cranes going up in this picture, I’d say it’s not stopping anytime soon. Most of the buildings dotting this skyline weren’t here several years ago, and if you were to stand in the exact same spot and snap this photo again in 2020, who knows what the landscape might look like.
Even so, as the skyline stretches and evolves from Sunny Isles to Downtown and Brickell, one thing has remained the same since I was born: There’s still plenty of blue water everywhere you look.”