Photographer's Note

There is something uniquely southern Californian about this scene.

It sometimes feels too easy to go photograph the obviously interesting places here, like the beach. I want to capture the feel of an ordinary neighborhood (might as well use the one I live in.) A couple of characteristic features:

First, there are few if any people around on the streets in general, at least at night, which gives a certain austere feeling. To an outsider, the light in the area wouldn't appear warm and welcoming, instead it's a bit distant. (Not true for we residents who know our neighbors, but that's not the feeling I'm trying to photograph.)

Second, there is "nature" in the form of lush plants and such, but it is walled off, sculpted and controlled.

If you find these (or other) elements of interest in the photo, then I have succeeded; otherwise I guess not.

Some people travel halfway around the world to get their photos. Am I cheating if I walk down the street, then post a photo on TE...of my neighbor's house?

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Additional Photos by Ken Alexander (kensimage) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1087 W: 39 N: 1167] (8563)
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