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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

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These 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

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Visitors from February 28, 2006, 10:00 am Pacific Time to date -

Thursday, 4 January 2007
Dark Beach
Topic: Light and Shadow

Dark Beach

Santa Monica, Thursday, January 4 - and who imagined the place could seem a scene of alienation? Below, a street down to the beach, as Edward Hopper might have seen it, had he not been a New Yorker.

Santa Monica - street to the beach




















Hopper had his famous Nighthawks place. Here's the California equivalent on Ocean Avenue, Chez Jay, right next to the Rand Corporation, the think-tank that plans our wars for us.

Chez Jay, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica














Even the pier looks a bit like something from Hopper. But the only famous Hopper in these parts is the actor Dennis Hooper, who lives a few miles south in Venice Beach.

Santa Monica pier, from below




















It's not all Hopper alienation. It's sometimes just mildly surreal - the bronze surfer with the briefcase at the Lowe's hotel, across from Chez Jay.

Bronze surfer with the briefcase at the Lowe's hotel, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica















Ah, the kids still play at the beach, in the long winter light at noon.

Kids at play on beach, Santa Monica













But all is not well here, at least on Lincoln Boulevard.

GI manikin at Supply Sergeant, Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica


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Updated: Thursday, 4 January 2007 8:16 PM PST

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