Venice Beach, California
Four miles south of Santa Monica, Venice Beach is a great place to photograph everything from beach bums to costumed drag queens dancing through a carnival sideshow atmosphere. One-and-a-half miles of beachside shops offer T-shirts, tattoos, bike rentals, surf shops, food, fortune-tellers, jugglers, plenty of bizarre art, and head shop wares. Rastafarian musicians skate along the beach past conga drum bands and wild-haired performers pounding on old pianos sitting in the sand. Muscle Beach is part of this ocean front walk.
I found some of my favorite angles of the Santa Monica Pier a half-mile north, looking across the wide sandy beach, through small groves of palms framing the Ferris wheel. Bicyclists and skaters add a nice touch to these static shots. For two days, I couldn’t stop shooting and went home with hundreds more digital images to sort and edit. This is a great location for video and sound recording gear.
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Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.