On the last Friday Lens Affair this year I’m hosting photograph from Venice Beach by Sofie Couwenbergh from Wonderful Wanderings Blog. Sofie is a Belgian language lover and travel aficionada who combines a full-time job with a never-ending wanderlust. She uses her weekends, vacation days and public holidays to travel the world. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Picture Story – Venice Beach
It wasn’t my first time at Venice Beach. I’d been there the year before as well when I spent ten days in Los Angeles to take dance classes and explore the county. You never know what it will be like when you visit a place for the second time. Will you like it just as much, maybe even better? Or will you ask yourself why you felt you had to come back? I could easily answer that second question.
I was on a trip with a friend who’d never been to the States before and I believe that when you spend a week in LA, you cannot not visit Venice Beach. Last year we arrived at Venice Beach around noon and left again before dinner, when the sun was gone and it started to get chilly.
We’d visited the Venice Canals, seen Marina del Rey, walk along Abbot Kinney Blvd and caught some sun on the beach. This year was different. After some earlier activities that day we decided we just wanted to crash a bit and we’d actually planned to head to Manhattan Beach, but as there was so much traffic going that way Manhattan became Venice. We first did what we came to do: relax.
After an hour or two we left the beach to take a stroll along the Ocean Front Walk… And that’s where I saw this amazing graffiti work. I don’t think it had been there when I visited the year before. Could it be possible that I hadn’t noticed this?
Looking at this picture again I especially like the effect of the light of the setting sun and the clouds above.