Dec 132011

Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade

Front row seating at the Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade

Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade

Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade

Here are a few scenes from the 2011 Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade. Tim Tebow almost made us late for this one, but we got there just in time. This year’s parade was later in the day than last year’s and seemed to have a smaller turnout, but all of the lit floats winding their way through the canals still made for a pretty event.

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May 262011

Los Angeles event photography

Opening night for Jay Mark Johnson's SPACETIME opening at Animal West in Venice, Calif.

Rooftop view of Abbot Kinney from Animal West in Venice, California

An awesome view of Abbot Kinney from atop Animal West in Venice, California

Last week I photographed the opening of special exhibit of Jay Mark Johnson’s SPACETIME photographs at Animal West, a post production house in a beautiful modern space on Abbot Kinney in Venice. I have been to previous exhibits by Jay and, as always, his panoramics never fail to impress and bend the mind a bit. His unique use of a digital panoramic slit camera is too difficult to explain here, but I’ll just say the results are stunning and unique. Check out more about him and his work on his site. The event was a sneak preview for a special exhibit that was part of the Venice Art Walk, an annual fundraiser for the Venice Family Clinic that features thousands of pieces by local artists and raises big bucks for the clinic, which offers free and reduced cost medical care to families in need. This was also my first time taking part in the Art Walk. I donated (and sold!) a framed print from the Venice Graffiti Walls that I shot two years ago. Glad I could be a part and help raise some money for a worthy cause!

Feb 182011

Venice Art Crawl at Santino's Venice Beach

Graham Gilmore's photos at Santino's

Venice Art Crawl

Jay Brockman paintings at Bondi BBQ

Last night we had a great time at the Venice Art Crawl, the 7th installation of the monthly Venice Beach arts event. As always, there were numerous events throughout Venice, with shows at numerous venues throughout the boardwalk area. Artist’s included everything from first-time exhibiters like photographer Matt Branham, to Venice heavyweights Rip Cronk and William Attaway. We didn’t hit everything, but managed to take in a good majority of the shows. There are a couple more pics after the jump, and a larger gallery posted on my Facebook page. If you’ve never checked out the VAC, be sure to hit it up. It’s every third Thursday. More info at I didn’t show this month, but plan on doing so next month. Stay tuned!

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Dec 202010

Venice Art Crawl video installation

Venice Art Crawl - December 2010

Video projection art installation Market Street, Venice California

Video projection by Jesse Nikette on Market Street

Live poetry reading by James Berkowitz at the Venice Art Crawl

Live poetry readings by James Berkowitz

The December Venice Art Crawl appeared to be a success, with solid crowds braving the (relative) cold and darkness (no argument there) to come down to the beach and enjoy some local art. This month had numerous exhibitions, including a cluster of video installations on Market Street, collectively called December Lights. The street was illuminated with numerous video projections lighting up buildings from rooftops across the street, including an interactive projection of the Nintendo classic, Donkey Kong, which participants could play by holding up a cutout of Mario and running his shadow up the wall. Pretty fun! The evening flew by, and we eventually found ourselves at an afterparty before suddenly waking up the next morning with a dull throbbing in our heads. A reminder that a good time was had. Looking forward to next month!

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Sep 242010

Santa Monica Museum of Art opening

Alberto Burri exhibition opening at the Santa Monica Museum of Art

Santa Monica Museum of Art


A couple weeks ago I photographed an art opening at the Santa Monica Museum of Art at Bergamot Station. The featured exhibition was by Italian artist Alberto Burri, who made some really great pieces using a variety of mediums such as fabric, wood and plastic, which lend themselves to a variety of unique textures. These are a few of my favorite candid photos from the event. I always like shooting in museums as the space is usually very starkly decorated in order to draw attention to the artwork. There’s also something interesting about the way people interact with the art pieces that make for great images.

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