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Thursday, August 23, 2007 Darkness in Venice

The mural on the side of a garage in Venice, in an alley off the 680 block of Venice Boulevard, is full of light and pastels. But it is curiously dark, as dark as the history of the place.  In 1929, oil was discovered south of Washington Street on the Venice Peninsula, which was a fashionable residential area where movie stars lived. Within two years, 450 oil wells covered the area and drilling waste clogged the remaining waterways. It was a short-lived boom that provided needed income to the community during the Depression. Then the wells went dry. By the fifties Venice had become the "Slum by the Sea."  It's still recovering.

Swagman Venice Mural, 1998
Swagman Venice Mural, 1998
Swagman Venice Mural, 1998
Swagman Venice Mural, 1998
Swagman Venice Mural, 1998

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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