Photographer's Note

A few years ago I took a group of Film and Media students to Hollywood (where else?) One evening we wandered along the ocean front from our hotel in Venice Beach to Santa Monica pier and visited the Pacific Park funfair. This is one of the results. Stupidly (as a teacher of photography!) I hadn't brought a tripod, so I rested the old T90 on a wall and hoped for the best. I think it worked OK.

The Pier was privately owned until it was acquired by the city council in 1974. During the 1960s and 1970s various plans were proposed that would entail removal of the pier. The strangest one called for the construction of an artificial island with a 1500-room hotel. It was approved by the City Council, but citizens formed "Save Santa Monica Bay" to preserve the pier. The outstanding order to raze the pier was revoked by the city council in 1973. That same year the Carousel and Hippodrome were memorable sets in the film "The Sting", although the story was set in Chicago.

The Pacific Wheel is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel and gives visitors a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline from more than 130 feet above the Santa Monica Pier. Measuring 85 feet, the wheel moves at 2.5 revolutions per minute with intermittent stops to pick up passengers. It features more than 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights that display dynamic, eye-popping computer-generated lighting entertainment in the evenings. However I think when I took this image 14 years ago, it was probably conventionally-powered.

Neg scanned on a dedicated film scanner @ 2400 ppi.

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