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Exploring Los Angeles : An Evening in Venice Beach

When most people want to get away from work, they go on a vacation somewhere, maybe to a place just like Venice beach. However, as a photographer, I see each trip as a way to capture new places and people and to develop my portfolio.

This is why, after I was done with a contract in Las Vegas, I decided to drive up to Los Angeles for a few days.

On the 15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles

On the 15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles

 

Once settled in LA, I decided to go to my favorite place, Venice beach. Founded in 1905 as a seaside resort town, Venice is mostly known for its 2.5km boardwalk. Once there, my favorite way to explore the vibrant neighborhood was to put on my rollerblades and wander on the biking path looking for photo opportunities. The best moment to go there is late afternoon as the sun lits the facades of the stores.

One of the reason I love this place, is that it features a more than a few murals, just like the iconic Venice Kinese RIP Cronk mural.

Venice Kinese RIP Cronk mural

Venice Kinese RIP Cronk mural

 

The activity on the boardwalk is crazy on most days and you will find many artists at work all day long.

Tattoo artist at work

Tattoo artist at work

teenagers walking on the boardwalk

teenagers walking on the boardwalk

 

If you venture further north of the biking path, a bit before Santa Monica beach, you may be able to see various people gathered at the parking lot in their classic american cars.

Classic Chevrolet

Man drives his Classic Chevrolet

 

As mentioned earlier, the boardwalk is vibrant with activity and features lots of small and eccentric stores.

Stores and the boardwalk

Souvenir shops on the Boardwalk

 

It’s also the place to find the most eccentric people and performers.

left: Marijuana Store Sign | right: Singer on rollerblades performing

left: Marijuana Store Sign | right: Singer on rollerblades performing

left: couple in walking by souvenir shops | right: Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator

left: couple in walking by souvenir shops | right: Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator

 

Then two blocks north of Venice Boulevard on Ocean Front Walk (other name for the boardwalk), you will find Muscle beach, an outdoor weightlifting platform. You will find there a lot of body builders and acrobats.

body builders at Muscle Beach Venice

body builders at Muscle Beach Venice

 

Finally, I made my way back south to Venice Fishing pier to capture the sunset.

left: man playing with a hulla hoop while skateboarding | Right: Mural near Venice Fishing Pier

left: man playing with a hulla hoop while skateboarding | Right: Mural near Venice Fishing Pier

Sunset on Venice Beach from the fishing pier

Sunset on Venice Beach from the fishing pier

 

However, I would never leave before taking a few more pictures at dusk.

left: Cyclists on the biking path at dusk | right: World Famous Hinano Cafe At Dusk

left: Cyclists on the biking path at dusk | right: World Famous Hinano Cafe At Dusk

Woman playing with a hulla hoop on the beach at dusk

Woman playing with a hulla hoop on the beach at dusk

Thanks for viewing!

David Giral is a published Montreal/Toronto based editorial and commercial professional photographer specialized in architecture, interiors, portrait and travel photography.

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