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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 – The Faces of Venice

He's still there, on the wall in Venice Beach, even if his body is buried in the Pθre Lachaise cemetery in eastern Paris. In 1965, after graduating from UCLA, Jim Morrison moved to Venice Beach and did what one does in Venice Beach, and the Doors got underway.  Photographer Joel Brodsky took a series of black-and-white photos of Morrison at the time – "The Young Lion" photo session – and the pictures included the shoot that was later featured on the Best of the Doors LP cover. It's like this, you see.

Jim Morrison mural, Venice Beach

Black and White – integration of a sort –

Face on column, Venice Beach
Face on column, Venice Beach

Why do they put murals where no one notices them?  And why does this woman have the rusty earthquake stabilization bolt in her forehead?

Mural above Tattoo shop, Venice Beach

Faces on a mysterious door.  Well, maybe not that mysterious a door. The street number is clear.

Door 66 1/2 - Venice Beach

Next to the door, odd ducks.

Casino duck photos, Venice Beach

Out on the beach VH1 is shooting something or other at the graffiti wall.  VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is the cable channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and the owners of MTV. VH1 and its sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division of Viacom.  Unlike MTV their target demographic is the 18 to 35 crowd, and possibly older.  Recently they've been doing music-related "reality" programming, like their signature show Behind the Music with its focus on pop culture.  That might explain this, or not.

VH1 Shoot - Venice Beach
Venic Beach
Venice Beach shark fin sticker on one-way sign
Jim Morrison mural, Venice Beach

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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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All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 - Alan M. Pavlik