Hours before the LA-MAF opening

The Los Angeles-Mobile Arts Festival schedule called for an informal get together  the day of the exhibit’s opening, a morning walk from Venice’s Muscle Beach, a historic landmark dating back to the 1950s to Santa Monica Pier, where Route 66 ends. 

Muscle Beach

Maybe because of the excessive heat that has stayed around these past several days, there was little activity of individuals working out at Muscle Beach, but for a group of raw recruits of US Marines being filmed, attracting a number of iPhoneographers and myself included.

I continued onward, towards in the direction of the pier, along the path that was being shared by bicycle riders, joggers, people watchers and tourists. 

Santa Monica Pier

There was already a good gathering of people on the pier, even though a number of vendors will still getting ready. Others took advantage of this in providing entertainment, from musicians, a snake charmer, artists and a person’s slight-of-hand trick of where is the pea under the shell.

There was also the pelican stopping by, listen to a violinist play Pachelbel’s Canon, as us humans looked on in amazement at the birds obvious delight in the classics and practically ignoring the musician. 


A Japanese family stops to have their picture taken by the nanny; another iPhoneographer finds her interest to capture as I see a fisherman with an eyepatch.

There are plenty of open air arcades activities, including a roller coaster, as well as a ferris wheel giving one an excellent view of the area and coastal beach line. For those who want to escape the sun, there is also an indoor arcade with plenty of machines to take your tokens for a few minutes of excitement.  

Of course nothing beats just sitting and watching people, as I head down the stairs at the end of the pier to have a look at the pier’s underside.

Santa Monica Beach

The view of the beach from the pier looked very inviting and I decided to have a stroll on the sand and see what life was like there. From families sun bathing and children playing in the sand, building sand castles, I could not resist to quickly steal an exposure of a couple embracing and who are about to kiss.

However the time had come to return to where the famous Route 66 ends and leave this place. As much as I would have wished to stay longer, I wanted to head on over to Santa Monica Studios at Barker Hanger where iPhone Art was busy putting on the final touches to the LA-MAF 2012 exhibit.

The next couple of posts will be of the LA-MAF 2012 exhibit,
so stay tuned for much more . . .

All photographs taken with an iPhone 4S by
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