We're excited to be a part of this wonderful project. Bill Yates, an outstanding photographer, recently unearthed a collection of 800 vintage prints and film negatives he shot back in 1972. I can tell you that looking at them feels like stepping into a time machine. He had stumbled upon the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink outside of Tampa, FL when he was 25 years old, and spent almost every weekend there for 6 months with his medium format twin lens camera, documenting a moment in time that lots of folks remember... suburbia or small town America, roller rinks and hangouts where we’d escape, listen to music, have fun with friends, let loose, and grow up. It’s a visual time capsule that is truly a sight to behold.
Some word from Publisher William Boling:
Bill Yates’ Sweetheart is a recently uncovered masterpiece that reveals, in a candid and clear-eyed way, a time that you only thought you knew. The photographic gaze of the twenty-five-year-old Yates is exceptional. Freshly returned from his tour of military service, Yates was still young enough to understand and relate to this crowd – but no longer part of their world. There is a raw power of deep seeing here. His camera and stance toward his subjects assumes nothing. And therefore it reveals everything. This document is one for the ages. We are fortunate to have it, and Fall Line Press is grateful to be associated with bringing it to you.