Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

This past Sunday was pretty crazy at the Venice Beach drum circle. Almost as soon as I got there, I was offered a pipe with some weed in there presumably. After declining, an amazing photo composition happened right there in front of me with the people lighting up. It would have been portfolio-worthy I kid …

Girls Having Fun, Venice Beach Drum Circle

White Girls Having Fun Dancing, Venice Beach Drum Circle, California I went to Venice Beach again on Sunday to record some sound. The drum circle attracts a diverse group of people looking to have a good time. The two girls in the foreground were initially just dancing and playing around with the sand. Then they …

Venice Beach Drum Circle

Young Woman Playing Tambourine in Drum Circle, Venice Beach, California Compositionally there are things I would like to have done differently in this photo but I felt that this was the picture captured the vibe that I experienced at Venice Beach last Sunday. I actually had a few that I felt were technically better from …

Beach Party, Venice

Girl Dancing in Drum Circle, Venice Beach, California Last Sunday I went to Venice Beach to try shooting some “youth culture” for Photoshelter’s Shoot! the Day contest. I photographed the drum circle last month but had been wanting to do a re-shoot so this contest gave me another excuse to shoot more photos of this …

Venice Beach Skaters

Photo: Teen Skater Jumps Off Ledge, Venice Beach, California I stayed off to the side initially. I didn’t take photos for a while until I felt comfortable and so I could blend into the background. At first I just took wide angle snapshots from far back to warm up for close up action then gradually …

Hare Krisha Dance, Venice Beach

Picture: Hare Krishna Drum Circle Dancing, Venice Beach, California Venice Beach is a street photographer’s dream. There are a lot of different things to photograph here on the weekends. Some are more mainstream activities such as playing basketball, tennis, surfing, etc… but there is also a lot of counterculture and street performers. I’ve also been …

Saltwater Without the Taffy

Picture: Powerful Wave Crashing Against Rocks, Venice Beach, California After taking pictures of the lifeguard tower in the previous post, I walked over to edge of the beach where I saw big waves hitting these pile of rocks. Since I’m focusing on shooting tide pools this year I knew this would be a great photo …

That’s soooo like a stereotype.

I had an interview at an advertising agency in West L.A. yesterday morning so I decided to go to Venice Beach afterwards since I hadn’t been there in about five or six years. Image: Lifeguard Tower and Beach Patrol Truck, Venice Beach, California This scene reminded me of the tv show, Baywatch and of the …