I took a trip to Venice Beach on April 20. I took my cameras along for fun, and got to shoot some cool stuff. The graffiti walls the most fun to shoot. Live art is a part of what Venice is known for. From skateboarders to buskers, there are plenty of people doing things, making a photographer shutter happy.
Just a few photographs I took at the Long Beach Derby Gals roller derby match between the Cyclone Racers and Breakwater Bombshells at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. At halftime, there was a performance by Sirena Serpentina and a live performance by The Rockets.
If there is one restaurant in Long Beach you should visit on a Sunday morning, it is this one. Located at the intersection of Fourth Street and Temple Avenue, Shillelagh instantly makes you feel at home. Mismatched chairs and other decor adorn the booths, while an old upright piano sits in the corner. The servers are friendly and approachable, with only one or two working at any time.
When entering the shop after passing the camel outside, you are immediately struck with the sights and sounds of the Middle East and central Asia. A woman dressed in Arabian designs stands behind the counter and welcomes you into Merry’s, a store that feels like it belongs in Rabat, Morocco or Algiers, Algeria, rather than Long Beach, Calif.
On the corner of Fourth Street and Termino Avenue, the small coffee shop Viento y Agua is one of many independently-owned coffee shops in Long Beach. The owner, Bela Mogyorody, can be seen behind the counter, busily making sandwiches for patrons. When he’s not busy working on orders and serving them up with a big smile, he’s more than willing to talk to anyone who cares to listen.
Have you ever had a bunch of digital photographs you wanted to re-size, watermark and save, while preserving your original photo? With today’s digital cameras, JPEG images are becoming larger and larger. Uploading large batched of large photos to a WordPress installation can test one’s nerves.
These are a sampling of images I took of fire-spinners in 2011-12. The “flow arts,” as they are often called, has vibrant community in southern California. Hula-hoops, poi, staffs, whips, swords and nunchucks are just of the few tools that are set on fire and used for performance.