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Fort Lauderdale photographer finds a sea of despair in cruise life

Fort Lauderdale photographer finds a sea of despair in cruise life

From his perch on the second floor of his friend’s apartment overlooking Port Everglades, photographer Mitya Trotsky caught hundreds of vacationers boarding cruise ships, even if they never saw him.

Hiding with his Pentax telephoto lens 650 feet away, Trotsky spotted singles, couples and senior passengers appearing on square cruise-ship balconies. Here were bored-looking shirtless men wearing floppy hats, teens buried in their smartphones, a family gazing out to sea, unsmiling retirees and curious moms peeking into next-door balconies. These slice-of-life scenes fascinated Trotsky, 46, who describes his new exhibit, “A Supposedly Fun Thing,” as a “visual anthropology” of travelers...

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