When Photographer Mary Beth Koeth first moved to Miami Beach, her daily bike commute took her up and down Washington Avenue, where she passed the Eighth Street bus stop. There, around the same green bench, a group of men and women congregated. Buses came and went, but the people stayed, watching the neighborhood like a close game of tennis. A bench regular named Julia, the only one that spoke English, told Mary Beth, “No, we’re not waiting for the bus. We live in the retirement home here, and this is where we meet.” Every day for the next month, Mary Beth snapped pictures while the people gossiped in their backyard. Mary Beth realized that pockets of familiar faces are what make a city feel like home, and she is happy to share this series of familiar faces, the People of the Eighth Street Bus Stop.
Written by Laura Lee P. Huttenbach