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Gallery Eighty: A city portrait – impressions of Mission Beach




This, my eightieth gallery, is the second of a series of city portraits that I am adding to this cyberbook on expressive travel photography. Just as a portrait of a person must attempt to define personality and character, a portrait of a city must do likewise. The first city portrait expressed the personality of New York City in interpretive terms – offering not only a sense of place, but also convey my impressions of how a place feels and functions. This portrait, the second in this series, focuses on a popular beach town, Mission Beach, California. Actually, Mission Beach is not a city at all – rather, it is a neighborhood of San Diego. Yet it has its own personality, driven by the pleasures of having the Pacific Ocean at its doorstep.

My goal was not to make a comprehensive documentation of this place. Instead, I offer a series of interpretive photographs that express the personality and character of Mission Beach as I perceive them. I begin this gallery with 39 photographs, made over a two week period. I will add new images to this gallery if, and when, I should return. As in a photo-essay, I sequence and pace the images so they can add context to each other and produce cumulative meaning.

I hope that this city portrait, as well as those that may follow, will help other travel photographers use interpretive photography to reveal the nature of the cities that they will visit.


I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.