I returned to one of my favorite spots to photograph today: Santa Monica Pier. I first took a picture of this pier about 5 years ago, and every time I’ve returned I’ve always been pleased that I visited the site. That says a lot. Today, for example, few things went right on my photoshoot of the pier. I had planned on using a motorized slider to shoot video of the pier at night for a test video I was doing on YouTube, but my battery was shot and so was my camera card. I had to settle for a brief video clip and a few quick pictures–not a good evening for photographer who has traveled many miles to get the perfect shot.
And yet…the image above happened. Just looking at it makes me a kid again, knowing that an amusement park is waiting for me at the edge of the great Pacific Ocean. I was born and raised in a landlocked state: New Mexico. Seeing the pier fills me with a mixture of excitement, mystery, and awe. I suppose everyone has a place like that somewhere.
Where is yours?
-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)