Magic Hour Portraits at Venice Beach

Black and white portrait at Venice Beach. Photo by Jim Newberry. Portrait at Venice Beach at sunset, during magic hour. Photo by Jim Newberry. Portrait at Venice Beach at sunset, during magic hour. Photo by Jim Newberry.

 

Last Sunday I went out to shoot at Venice Beach for a photography tutorial project I’m working on (more on that to come). I coerced fellow Chicago expat friends Tamara and J.B. into helping—Tamara modeled and J.B. shot behind-the-scenes video (and thanks to Nathan for assisting). We got lucky with a particularly lovely magic hour sky.

Agave Plant

 

Black and white photo of an agave plant in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.

 

Agave plant (agave weberi , or agave attenuata, anyone know for sure?) on Figueroa in Highland Park, L.A.

Batman

Batman impersonator on Hollywood Blvd. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Batman impersonator on Hollywood Blvd. Photo by Jim Newberry.

I was shooting street pictures on Hollywood Boulevard the other night, and saw a set of stairs near the Chinese Theatre that would be good for an aerial view of the tourists I was photographing. Sitting at the top of the stairs I found Batman*, on break, drinking coffee. We had a nice chat.

*I almost referred to him as a Batman impersonator, but then realized that would be redundant; even the great Adam West was an impersonator.

Esteban Schimpf

Esteban Schimpf portrait by Jim Newberry.

Esteban Schimpf portrait by Jim Newberry.

I shot these portraits of artist Esteban Schimpf at his Highland Park, Los Angeles apartment last night. I met him a few months ago here in L.A., but it turns out we lived a few blocks from each other in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood in the early 2000s. Check out Schimpf’s work here.

Divine Infants

Miniature baby Jesus statues at a Botanica in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.

I went to three different Botanicás in L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood, hoping to shoot environmental portraits of the proprietors inside. None wanted to be photographed, but they all graciously allowed me to take non-portraits inside their establishments. The baby Jesus statuettes did not protest.

Levi Ponce

Artist Levi Ponce in Pacoima, Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Artist Levi Ponce in Pacoima, Los Angeles, standing in front of a mural he painted of Cheech Marin. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Last weekend I shot portraits of artist Levi Ponce, in Pacoima, where he grew up and where you can find many murals he’s painted, like the one above depicting Cheech Marin. Check out more of his work here.

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