Still at college when he stumbled across a great subject, Bill Yates diligently shot the Sweetheart Rink for seven months – before putting the project away for 40 years.

“I believe a lot of photography is luck,” says Bill Yates. “But that depends on you putting yourself in a place where something is happening.”

That’s just what he did back in September 1972, when he spotted the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink. Driving around the rural Six Mile Creek in Hillsborough County, Tampa, in Florida, with a brand-new medium format camera, he saw the 1930s, wooden building out of the corner of his eye and, turning back for a better look, happened to meet the owner.

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