Dusk at Venice Beach…..

Growing up in the shadows of New York City exposed me to things a lot of kids don’t get to see. Manhattan and the East Village was just a train ride away yet my brothers and I also had the advantages of suburban life. We were close to cutting edge music and art. We had the best radio stations, like WLIR that played the latest hits from the newest bands. We were exposed to New Wave and Punk and at the same time had empty lots, Village Greens, and Little League Baseball. We had house parties and sleep overs… except they weren’t really sleep overs. We’d stay out as late as we could, sometimes all night, in a place we weren’t suppose to be listing to the latest music. Skateboarding was a huge part of my life as a kid. I actually only skated for a short time but my older brother was hooked from the time he was 9. At 50, he still skates today. He was a big part of a counter culture that mixed hard core city life with suburban life. Skating was all around me. Skate kids, skate music, skate magazines….we even had a half pipe (rusty nails and all)in or backyard for a few years. As someone who has always loved photography and has been inspired by all the creativity around me I was aware of the Photography work by people like Larry Clark and Glen Friedman, both of whom captured youth counter culture of the time. Having recently relocated to LA I couldn’t wait to go to the home of the Dogtown boys and the Z-Boys. The stretch between Santa Monica and Venice Beach was synonymous with skateboard and surf culture growing up. Some of those skate spots are long gone but I wanted to see Venice Beach so I took the time to visit a newer one, the Venice Beach skate park. Skateboarding had a huge resurgence in the early 2000’s. The Venice park was built in 2009 to accommodate the need for a new park and to help continue this California tradition. I was determined to get some ‘rad’ images of this generations SoCal skaters but one thing got in the way…….waves! You see I am a surfer of sorts and I have waited a long time to surf in California. Once I saw those waves I had to find a board. First objective, rent a board and go surfing! By the time I finish drinking my share of the Pacific Ocean the sun started to set. To me this didn’t pose a problem. It posed an opportunity. Magic Hour….Below are a few images I call Dusk at Venice Skatepark. It’s simple. Expose for the sky so that the part of your subject facing you goes dark. The area not exposed to the sun light. Set a high shutter speed to freeze the action, sit and wait…


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