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January 2011

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – Imagining Venice

1998 "Swagman" Venice Mural, alley near 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California

Venice California was always an odd idea – and it didn’t work out. Founded by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a beach resort town, there were canals and gondoliers and Italianate buildings with colonnades and all the rest, but little of that remains. The strand ended up just scruffy and odd, once home to folks like Jim Morrison and Dennis Hopper, and now to a lot of strung-out lost former hippies, and inland Venice ended up more suburban Los Angeles than romantic Italy. California isn't Italy. What were these guys thinking? But of course it must have seemed like a good idea at the time. The 1998 "Swagman" Venice Mural, in an alley near 685 Venice Boulevard –

1998 "Swagman" Venice Mural, alley near 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California
1998 "Swagman" Venice Mural, alley near 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California
1998 "Swagman" Venice Mural, alley near 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California

A few feet away, Art Deco from 1929 – the former Venice Division of the Los Angeles Police Department – when the place was no longer fake Italy. It was an active jail from 1929 until the early seventies, and now it houses the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) – the mural people – and they keep it looking mysterious –

Former Venice Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California
Former Venice Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California
Former Venice Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California
Former Venice Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California

Ah, Venice –

Mural at the Social and Public Art Resource Center, 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 – the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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