Venice Beach is one of those animated beaches filled with an abundance of different cultures. I think that if I was going to compare it to a beach back on the East Coast I'd probably have to say Coney Island. There's live music, a basketball court, a muscle gym, a skate park, plenty of shops and bars, and so much more. Jorge (@drenology) and I just finished our road trip to Seattle and were meeting with our dear friend/business partner Mario (www.mariorubencarrion.com) and Adrian (www.illogicaltruths.com). Mario is an avid street photographer and documentarian. Since he was visiting Adrian and I from NJ we thought Venice Beach would be dope to capture some great images and vibe out. We started our day with chicken and waffles at the Breakfast Bar in Long Beach and headed to Venice to shoot, just like old times. (Side note: Hitting the streets with my NVC family is therapy for me. We talk, laugh and vent and most importantly learn.) As a photographer, the skate park in Venice Beach is my favorite place to shoot. I can spend all day just watching and shooting the skaters till i get that perfect 'up in the air' shot. It also serves as a good place to get creative with your camera, such as trying out panning or video!
Every day before sunset there is a drum circle, where people of all walks of life gather together to play their instruments. Nothing is planned, some one in the group starts a beat and after a few minutes everyone's instrument becomes synched to the beat. It's some sort of people magic. The music is live right until the sun disappears before the horizon.
Once the sunset, we headed to explore Venice Beach's night life. We chugged some IPAs (Mama's Little Yella Pils, was the pick of the night) and ate some wings. We ended the night in Long Beach, exploring and dancing our night away, as usual.
Whether you're visiting LA, shooting photographer or both, visiting Venice Beach is a must!