Castillo de San Marcos, Study 1, St Augustine, Florida. 2020
For some, a trip into the Castillo de San Marcos fort would be only be one-way. The fort held imprisoned indigenous people for several periods throughout U.S. history, at one point housing 502 in a room built to accommodate 150.
When I interviewed him in 2013, the late indigenous leader Bobby C. Billie expressed a desire to see the fort used to educate and empower visitors on indigenous culture. Imagine that, a place overlooking the St Augustine bayfront where folks could appreciate non-Western culture and learn an increasingly-important worldview at the site of such resounding impact between indigenous and Europeans.
Captured on Ilford FP4 125 4×5 sheet film with an Ilex-Calumet 215mm lens. Scanned with an Epson Perfection v850 Pro. This scene was composed at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St Johns County, Florida on September 18, 2020.