From a recent early morning commercial shoot at the formidable Tongva Park, in Santa Monica. I’ve spent a great deal of time there and suspect that over time, more and more Santa Monicans and visitors will discover what an oasis the park truly is. I’ve already noticed that Tongva has become a popular outdoor lunch spot among locals. More images? Click here.Kommentera
Back in 1988, British pop artist David Hockney was commissioned to paint a mural inside this pool â€“ which is situated in the lush garden by the Tropicana Bar at the classic Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. After only a short swim in the pool, I sensed how everyone (guests and hotel staff) seemed almost painfully self-conscious and in various stages of a well-rehearsed pose. As if the whole garden was saturated with hidden cameras broadcasting live feeds to casting agents across town.
Traveling â€“ it’s really all about the food. Eating out in Sweden is pretty much a hit and miss experience. Few a la carte places I’ve spent hard-earned and harder-taxed money at have the kind of consistency even half-decent eateries in America serve up with a breeze. Unvaryingly, restaurants in Asia are a sure thing and I honestly don’t remember a single breakfast, lunch or dinner â€“ regardless really of what or where it was ordered â€“ didn’t meet or exceed my expectations.
From last fall’s intensely inspiring road trip through Death Valley, Lone Pine, Mt Whitney and the amazing Alabama Hills near Mojave. As much as I love the ocean and the freedom it represents to me, I can equally appreciate the vast landscapes and dry beauty the desert has to offer.
From a travel story about the colorful desert oasis Palm Springs in California. Even if I can appreciate the merits of black and white photography for certain subject areas, it’s obvious from my work that I am a proponent of imagery where vivid and almost violently vibrant colors dominate. Commercially, color tends to define and convey a message more effectively than what colorless photos are able to achieve. Which on the other hand makes telling a story using monochromatic images all the more challenging and an genre I intend to immerse myself into periodically throughout 2014.
I finally managed to capture a good perspective of the patron saint and namesake of this fair city, Saint Monica together with the equally iconic Santa Monica Pier. No trees were climbed and no drones were flown to get the shot, either. I used my nifty, DYI telescopic contraption which is essentially made of two Manfrotto monopods connected with duck tape and the Fuji x100s screwed securely on top. I triggered the Fuji by using the camera’s self-timer with a delay of 10 seconds from focus to shutter-release. This shot was one of around 20 attempts (19 fails).Kommentera
I’ve shot a fair share of children, most of them in a relatively controllable studio environment. It’s surely an exhausting way to spend an hour or two by any measureâ€“ but mostly because ofÂ hysterical parents trying desperately to get their infant offspring to smile/stand still/pose on demand. I met this beautiful baby girl today in Palisades Park near the entrance to the pier. Instead of breaking out my intimidatingly large DSLR, I took her picture with the discreet and nimble Fuji x100s. She hardly noticed, but was still cautious from me getting so close. Love her somewhat skeptical demeanor.
I’m surely not alone in being a man and having a peculiar liking for all kinds of shoes. And I’ve already given some serious thoughts to putting together a portfolio of interesting shoes on and off the feet that wear them. A friend has already promised to share a pair of vintage stilettos from Christian Lacroix with me. As uncomfortable as they must be to walk in, the variation in texture and form of well-designed shoes for woman, make them an esthetically interesting subject matter. Shot above is from an exquisite rooftop pool lounge at the grand opening of a hotel in Palma de Mallorca (an island in Spain).
Shot from Mt Hollywood, which reminded me that we’re already in the annual award season â€“ in essence, a prodigious media extravaganza where the big players in the entertainment industry assemble at various gala events around Los Angeles to hand out shiny awards and celebrate each others greatness. Plenty of industries have adopted a similar marketing strategy and yes, the photography business also has its share of silly award ceremonies. Sadly, in our celebrity obsessed society, events like the Grammys and Oscars, both blatantly incestuous gatherings, have never been more popular. Whatever happen to the good ol’ Reader’s Digest Awards?Kommentera
The residual swells from a couple of large North Pacific storms are hitting the beaches of Southern California right now. Twelve foot faces on massive waves got hundreds of both local and visiting surfers in the water near us today. Not exactly sure what this gull was doing flying so close the wave. Probably hoping a fish or two would surface in the wash-up.Kommentera
Yesterday’s sudden and engulfing fog reminded me of Stephen King’s 1980s era novella, “The Mist”. It only took a few minutes before the sun disappeared and the entire Santa Monica coastline was soaked in a thick, milky fog. For someone visiting the area for the very first time, it must of been really strange. For me, it offered an excellent opportunity to look at my neighborhood in â€“ quite literally â€“ new light. There’s something about fog that creates a visual throwback to yonder years..Kommentera
Shot this one and a bunch of other winter surfers yesterday near where the 80′s show “Baywatch” was taped. Not that I ever watched the show, but living here around 1986 made it hard not to hear about Pamela Anderson’s escapades or see some of the show’s outdoor scenes being shot on the beach. I wonder if any of the principles actually surfed.
From yesterday evening’s long beach walk with daughter Elle. We ate dinner at the popular and therefore almost always busy Mexican bodega towards the end of the pier where food is surprisingly good and reasonably priced. The warm sunset light and evening sky was nothing short of amazing.
We’re currently enjoying some unusually warm weather here in Santa Monica â€“ once again, I should add. Today was 78F/25C and tons of visitors were cooling off in the waves â€“ heck, even the locals are wearing summer attire again. It’s no colder here than on Hawaii â€“ except for the water temperature where a decent 4+3mm wetsuit makes surfing in this neck of the Pacific so much more comfortable.
From yesterday’s stop atop the hills of Rancho Palos Verdes â€“ another beautiful area in Southern California. Across the bay is Santa Monica, the surf break below is called Malaga Cove and up high to the right in the image, Downtown Los Angeles. Despite being so close to the city, the atmosphere in Palos Verdes feels very relaxed â€“ almost rural.
I’m going to call her Roland, but regardless of how inaccurate that may be, she is definitely one of Santa Monica Pier’s most colorful and talented dance performers. The pier is such a great place to walk around and find subjects for my expanding street photography portfolio. Most people agree to let me get a few shots â€“ even if it means I have to make a small donation. I often offer to take a photo of a couple or visiting groups. First with their camera, then with mine. A barter, of sorts.
From this morning just west of Tower 10 on Santa Monica Beach. I went surfing yesterday morning for an hour and enjoyed some really decent waves. Hawaii it ain’t, but you do have the breaks more or less to yourself. Living so close to the beach means it takes roughly equally long for me to slip on my wetsuit and walk into the water. Life quality beyond a reasonably accurate description.
Spent yesterday morning with brother Nick at Leo Carrillo Beach northwest of Malibu Beach. Besides being one of SoCal’s most pristine and beautiful coastlines â€“ thanks to dramatic rock formations, several deep caves and huge, pounding waves â€“ Leo Carrillo is also extremely popular amongst the regions seabirds. Like my favorite, the California Brown Pelican.Kommentera