Skateboarding: California’s El Gato Classic Skateboard Legends

A few decisive saves and styles from the “founding fathers” of skateboarding turned out the tricks and saves at this weekend’s El Gato Classic at the La Quinta X Skateboard Park in Southern California.

Since I was volunteering to help Eddie and the rest of the team stage the event, I needed to leave the R3 at home and slipped a vintage digital point-and-shoot in my pocket to make these photos in between my duties.


Pacific Air Show this weekend!

It’s air show season in Southern California! Next up this weekend is one of my all-time favorites… the Pacific Air Show in Huntington Beach starts Friday morning!

One event I’m looking forward to seeing is the Rum Run offshore powerboat race that begins off the Huntington Beach Pier and takes competitors across open ocean to Catalina Island, where they circle the entire island before returning to Huntington Beach for the finish. The race course covers 112 miles!

The last time I saw the Rum Run was thirty years ago in July 1992. I was a volunteer with the Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association, helping to coordinate the media coverage of the event. Jim Duvall won the 1992 race, which began and finished in Long Beach that year. I’m looking forward to seeing those amazing boats and fierce competitors again!


“Remember, Bernie, you started it all.”

She’s 26 feet tall and forever Marilyn. Seward Johnson’s sculpture in downtown Palm Springs was inspired by photographer Bruno Bernard, best known as “Bernard of Hollywood.” Bernard’s famous photograph of Marilyn Monroe, titled “Marilyn in White” captures her in her wind-blown dress from the movie The Seven Year Itch”. The photo was selected as the “Symbol of the Century” by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Bernard first photographed Marilyn at the Racquet Club in Palm Springs in 1947 when she was still Norma Jeane.

Her towering presence can be enjoyed in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum, where I captured this portrait.


A day at Jay’s Garage with Larry and friends.

I was one of those lucky marketing people who made a living getting involved in high profile advertising and promotional campaigns, including managing some amazing sports and special event sponsorships including Formula One, Summer Olympics, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, IndyCar, World Cup, NHL, Bassmasters… the list goes on.

After retiring from corporate life in 2017, I turned to photography to quell the need to create and participate. Soon, I was on assignment photographing some of America’s most beautiful landscapes, architecture, destinations, music festivals, and among other subjects, my favorite – beautiful automobiles.

One memorable photographic adventure was an opportunity to join one of the hottest car culture photographers around for a day of photographing the beautiful collection of legendary automobiles belonging to a certain gentleman named Jay.

The composite photograph shown above is one way I remind myself the past was real. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.


Fireworks on a windy desert evening.

4th of July Fireworks came early last night at the Fantasy Springs Resort near Palm Springs.

The wind was blowing hard across the Coachella Valley when the fireworks show started, so I thought the photos were going to be trash. Much to my surprise, the wind really made for some amazing fireworks shots! This is one of my favs.

Kudos to @fantasysprings and staff for hosting the show.


My first “Serious” Camera

45 years later, here’s me imitating the photo seen on the original box.

Today is #NationalCameraDay – to celebrate, here’s a snap of me with my very first “serious” camera – the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR – Yes, I’ve had this very camera since 1976…

I bought the camera while working as a part-time intern in the marketing department at Bank of America in 1976 when my new boss asked if I had a good camera to take pictures during a visit to a few bank branches to document the merchandising displays. I fibbed and said I did, but I didn’t. So, after work I rushed down to the local “Ritz Camera” store to get a camera for the project. The salesman recommended the camera seen here, gave me a quick lesson on how to use it, and collected $196 from me – that’s almost $950 in today’s dollars – a lot of cash at the time for this starving college kid working part-time.

The Minolta 110 Zoom SLR was produced from 1976 until 1979. I still have photos taken with the camera over the next ten years.

The camera still works and 110 film cartridges are still sold, so I think I’ll buy a few rolls and give it a try.

The original box for the Minolta 110 Zoom Camera