Clyde Butcher Photographs on Lake Kissimmee

Clyde Butcher Photographs on Lake Kissimmee

A Florida legend documents the beauty of his state's wild places with a World War II-era camera. (St. Petersburg Times)

For over two decades Clyde Butcher has been photographing Florida’s environmental beauty with his large format camera. The digital photography revolution passed him by and he shoots exclusively with black-and-white film. As Butcher sees it, “Color is a duplication of nature and black and white is an interpretation.”

This short video by the St. Petersburg Times follows Butcher while photographing in the Everglades for his current project about the national park, from the headwaters to the mangroves.

This video is part of St. Petersburg Times’ columnist Jeff Klinkenberg’s “Real Florida” series about Florida culture and the people who make the state unique.

CHANNEL: St. Petersburg Times /

Length: 2:23

Video by Maurice Rivenbark
Story by Jeff Klinkenberg
Photographs by Clyde Butcher