This year the city of Miami kicks off its 115th year of incorporation with a birthday celebration along South Miami Avenue in Brickell.Â Â As part of the festivities,Â Stella M. Holmes,Â founder of The Brickellian Inc. andÂ Brickell Gallery Night cordially invites the public to view a series of photographs that celebrates the spirit of the city.
Holmes who personally selected Brazilian photographer Mariza Formaggini for the exhibitÂ Celebrate Miami, saysÂ â€œtheÂ photographs are a dramatic expression of the vibrant personality that is Miami." From the city's stunning architecture, to the energy and diversity of its citizens, Holmes adds,Â "Formaggini's photographs celebrate the beauty of this wonderful city on the bay." The exhibit is a series of black and white and color images that document the energy of a vibrant city in motion. The photographer who traveled from her home in Rio de Janeiro spent weeks walking the streets of Miami capturing "its atmosphere, its diversity, and especially its light;Â Â photographing both at dawn and at dusk and at noon so I wouldn't lose the surprises that a blistering sun could reveal. I admire this city so full of powerful contrasts," says Formaggini.
The images will be on display atÂ Dolores But You Can Call Me LolitaÂ Restaurant from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The restaurant is located at 1000 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida.
About the Photographer
Mariza Formaggini, the daughter of a photographer was fascinated by the magic of photography at an early age.Â Although obtaining a formal education in the artsÂ atÂ Fluminense PhotoÂ SocietyÂ / RJ and "Atelier da ImagemÂ / RJ, Formaggini admits her true education was realized while observing everyday life. "I am driven by the contrasts of the day; light and shadow; illusions and reality. My camera is my third eye and my second heart."Â Formaggini considers herself a documentary photographer because she says she "waits for the subject to reveal itself." Formaggini lives in Rio de Janeiro and is the recipient of many national and international photography awards.Â Â She is also part of the team of artists participating in Stella Holmes'Â West Encounters EastÂ project.