The New York Times Lens blog yesterday featured an interview with Kwaku Alston that looks at the award-winning editorial and advertising photographer’s quest to rekindle his personal passion for photography—specifically, by shooting images on his own in his Venice, California, neighborhood.
“The Venice community is a remarkable mix of people and cultures,” Kwaku explained to the Times‘ David Gonzalez in an email. “The gang member, the surfer, pot smoker, artist, hipster, young family member, indigent or trust funder, all living in these 2.3 square miles, creating something so unique.”
The Lens feature, titled “Kwaku Alston’s Rebirth in Venice,” includes a 17-panel slideshow of Kwaku’s photos. Click here to access it. The images, by the way, inspired novelist Trey Ellis to rhapsodize about “Why I Miss Venice Beach” at The Huffington Post.
For more of Kwaku’s personal work, see Kwaku Alston captures Venice Beach’s Horizon Court, Volkslivin, On White, and the Life Project.