Previous month:
July 2011
Next month:
September 2011

An homage to Florida Kitsch- Now and Then

Kitsch:
Art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but appreciated in an ironic way.

 

Kissimmee, Florida


Florida Kitsch NOW

Entrance to the Gaylord Palms Resort
Just a bit excessive

08_11 thumb gaylord pond and flag DSC02787_8_9_tonemapped

Interior of the Gaylord Palms
A huge resort... all under roof

08_11 thumb gaylord pond and flag DSC02787_8_9_tonemapped

Indoor Alligators
Viewed from the comfort of a pristine indoor walkway,
no pesky swamps or snakes or bugs or.... to deal with.

08_11 thumb gaylord pond and flag DSC02787_8_9_tonemapped

Or viewed from behind a "waterfall"

08_11 thumb gaylord pond and flag DSC02787_8_9_tonemapped

Speaking of waterfalls,
how about a genuine series of waterfalls, conveniently laid out to be seen from the walk.
All indoors in air-conditioned comfort of course.

08_11 thumb gaylord pond and flag DSC02787_8_9_tonemapped

Just plain tacky,
but advertising must go on.

08_11 thumb gaylord pond and flag DSC02787_8_9_tonemapped

The flowers are gorgeous,
in their manicured surroundings with special human attendants and no pesky bugs.
Did I mention they are indoors so one doesn't have to experience Florida heat and humidity?

08_11 thumb gaylord pond and flag DSC02787_8_9_tonemapped

 

Florida Kitsch THEN
A lot of the old Florida kitsch has gone away: the old hotels are closed and rotting away, replaced with new style chains. The old eye-catching buildings are fading away. I wish I had more time to capture their images because a lot of these remembrances that the seasons have passed by are leaving us.

 

Before the days of advertising and the internet, this is how they drew you into the souvenir shops loaded with lots of overpriced tacky stuff. One of the few survivors

08_11 thumb fl wizard DSC02866_tonemapped

I remember "The Gator" from when I was a kid. The Gator Hotel is still open, but only as a remnant of its glory. Safari Land, located behind The Gator, has been long closed.

08_11 thumb fl wizard DSC02866_tonemapped

Some of the old buildings have been "re-purposed."
How about a medieval Country Bar.

08_11 thumb fl medeival country bar DSC02893_4_5_tonemapped

Deals on electronics have left the building.
You can no longer walk through a camera to find the deal of a lifetime.
08_11 thumb fl medeival country bar DSC02893_4_5_tonemapped
The Warplanes Museum.
It is actually a front for selling tourist rides in old airplanes.
But it is still hanging in there.
08_11 thumb fl medeival country bar DSC02893_4_5_tonemapped