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It was the stretched blue silk of the sky in flight, that band of white gossamer in between. It was the way that she carried herself with her marked hands and carefully coiffed hair. My impressions of Florida and her inhabitants are warm. Carefully manicured, what is natural appears unnaturally benign, gentle, easy to digest.

There is a uniformity.

She likes what she likes. Look carefully enough and you’ll notice the eccentricities.. Her idea of what people want and her efforts to provide. The expanse of sand, the friendly waters. The frolicking dolphins come to give their evening show to the oohs and aahs of aging sun worshippers. The islands separated by blue green jade inset with glittering speed boats and connected by monolithic arches of steel and concrete. Palms in the wind. Absurd little vehicles otherwise known as golf carts. Cardboard store fronts, chlorine pools, clay courts and SUVs. The elderly have come to be happy, the rich have their holiday homes behind towering hedges and faux roman columns.

The youth… well, the youth eat ice cream and look to each other for solace.

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Based between Melbourne, Singapore and New York, Ying Ang is a photographer of social anthropology and contemporary developments. Her interests lie in creating visual content for print, web and installation, exploring a range of formats, styles and creative collaborations. Ying has exhibited internationally in group and solo shows, in addition to working for clients such as The Wall Street Journal on editorial features. She has recently graduated as valedictorian for the 2009-2010 class of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at The International Centre of Photography and is currently a participant in the Reflexions Masterclass of 2011-2012. Ying has lived and worked in and around Asia, Australia and North America, having pursued academic training in Communications and Political Science. She was awarded the Women in Photojournalism Award by the NPPA in 2009 and has recently exhibited her personal work at FotoGrafia Festival di Roma, Angkor Photo Festival 2010, and most recently at the Head On Festival 2011 in Sydney. Ying Ang is a member of the MJR photo collective, alongside Mustafah Abdulaziz, Matthew Craig, Julius Metoyer, Gareth Phillips and Brandon Thibodeaux.

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