Back in 2013, I decided to visit my brother who was living in Canada. I was living in New Zealand at the time and after a cold winter in windy Wellington, I was craving sunshine and warmth. Perfect timing for a three-day stopover and reunion in the sunny LA hotspot of Venice Beach, before hitting British Columbia.
My brother and I checked out the boardwalk, chatted with street artists and watched skater boys effortlessly flaunt their skills at Venice Skate Park. We watched a Doors tribute band while drinking beer, lost a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, stumbled across an English pub and discovered a speakeasy style bar. We took photos at Muscle Beach, rifled through clothes at a vintage store and ate tacos at James’ Beach (from the 2009 movie I Love You Man with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel).
LA has a bad reputation, but I liked it. We also ventured into other touristy spots like Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Boulevard and Santa Monica Pier, but Venice Beach had charm. Crazy, eccentric charm, but charm nonetheless. Here are a few favourite images from that trip – the first time I travelled with my brother and the first time I visited the US.