FLAMINGO LADY OF MIAMI BEACH © 1985
Photographic Story Before the Art Deco Region of Miami Beach became the ‘in’ place to be, there were many interesting and unique people in the area…well, that can still be said, but back then the folks were unusual because so many folks that lived in the hotels were old. Finding younger people who stood out from the crowd was rare. The Flamingo Lady of Miami Beach was one of those people. She had a vintage clothing store in the district and was very opinionated and a lot of fun to be around. I’m glad she agreed to let me take her photo. It brings a smile to my heart to remember her and the great times we had in the Art Deco Region before it became famous. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Niki prints her images on fiber-base black and white mat surface paper in the darkroom, then using Q-tips and cotton balls, she applies a thin coat of oil paint over the surface allowing the image to gently be seen through the oil paint. Archival Print Making Niki’s open edition gicleé artwork is printed on Sunset Bright Velvet Rag matte finish paper using eight archival inks. A state-of-the-art Epson Stylus Pro printer creates deep, rich dark values that hold subtle detail in the shadows as well as bright vivid colors that are truly tropical.