Venice Beach is one of those places that is just so Southern Californian. Sunshine, sand, crowds and concrete. There are the crazy people and the beautiful people, the skaters and the graffiti artists, the tourists who want to see everything and there are those who just want to be seen. It’s laid back, it’s busy. Pasty tourists and tanned locals, everyone is happy in the sunshine.
A lush green plant covers a wall on one of the many small pedestrian-only lanes running down to Venice Beach.
A large buddha sits peacefully outside a house; A busy place on a Saturday morning, crowds gather around the new skate park built next to palm trees right on the sand.
If there’s one thing you can count on at Venice Beach it’s masses of varied people all out to enjoy the Southern Californian sun, this girl dressed in brightly coloured clothes takes her dog for a walk.
Looking down at the feet of the crowd, flip-flops and rollerblades side by side on the concrete.
Skaters wait to drop in to the new skate park right on the sand with views of the ocean.
Two artists work on the ever-changing public graffiti walls on the beach, spray cans in the sand this artist stands on a chair to reach his piece.
Characteristic graffitied palm tree and garbage can on the sand, as a helicopter flies past; A family takes a relaxed cycle around bike friendly Venice Beach, past the palm trees and along the path between the sand and the grass.
One of the famous roller skate dancers finishes his performance with the splits much to the delight of the audience on the grass.
A look of concentration as a graffiti artist stands with feet in the sand and works on his piece.
A happy couple hug, enjoying the sunshine.
A prepared couple walk through the crowd the backpack beach chairs and a cooler bag; Bicycles everywhere, enjoying the wide smooth concrete paths along the sand.
One of the many brightly coloured Venice Beach souvenir tshirts.
Although it’s a popular tourist strip, surfers still pass through the crowds after leaving the waves.
Two men roller dance together by the beach, radiating joy and happiness.
True to it’s name, just back from the beach at Venice Beach is a network on canals, where the houses have lush gardens and small boats tied up on the tiny docks out the front.