Golfing, glitz and more swag than you can fit in your carry-on. That was the scene late last year when I covered the Inc.5000 Conference & Gala for Inc. Magazine in San Antonio, Texas. The annual conference gathers hundreds of successful entrepreneurs and leaders from the country’s top up-and-coming companies under one very large roof. In this case, the massive JW Marriott Resort in Hill Country, something akin in scale to the Las Vegas MGM Grand. The event is held to honor their achievements as well as provide them with an abundance of business education and networking opportunities. Spanning three days, the event had many participants burning the candle at both ends, with activities such as 7am golf outings and parties lasting late into the night. In between, attendees sharpened their business skills by attending a series of breakout sessions and stage presentations by featured speakers such as Brené Brown, Life is Good founder Bert Jacobs, and Kendra Scott’s Kendra Scott. The marathon run was ultimately capped off with a black-tie gala featuring an awards ceremony emceed by celebrity guest Joel McHale. All of it amounted to an exhausting yet rewarding experience.
I shot so much over the course of the event that it’s too much to display here. As such, I’ve created a separate gallery on my website’s archive page. You can view the wider selection here.
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.
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!
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 www.veniceartcrawl.com. I didn’t show this month, but plan on doing so next month. Stay tuned!
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!