My Dad, Cesareo "Tato" Rodriguez
When we came to America, my father had a dream of setting up a photo studio, but it never came true. It was a very expensive venture. Instead, he hopped around from one job to the other, factories, painting apartments, construction, he even sold vegetables out of the back of a small pickup truck. I spent all my summers with him, we didn't really do the Summer camp thing down there. I had a lot of fun just helping him out all the way through my teen years.
Eventually, my dad set up a tow truck business. I continued to spend my Summers helping him out on the truck and I also began to carry my camera with me and would take pictures of life around Southern Florida.
When I return to visit my parents now, I still take a couple of days and drive around in the truck with my dad. It's always interesting and fun. We go into some of the most troublesome neighborhoods, into junkyards, visit clients in body shops, pull cars out of swamps, whatever. And, I bring my camera with me.
I also take some time to go to the beach while I'm down in Miami. So, I've started a photo essay gallery of Florida. It's called "Sunshine State" and you can check it out HERE
There are also a couple of photographs below: