Some of the most interesting and enjoyable moments of my recent trip to L.A. were the moments that I shared with the people of Venice Beach, in my spare time, and specifically on the Venice Beach boardwalk.

Venice Beach experiences an influx of millions of visitors per year, it is one the most populated tourist attractions in the United States, and it often regarded as “a cultural hub known for its eccentricities”.

Because of the countless tourists that visit the boardwalk, there are numerous vendors, buskers, and homeless people there, and throughout the surrounding beach area, and I learned a lot about Venice, California, and the individual lives of many of the people that I met on the boardwalk.

Over the course of one and a half miles, and facing the picturesque sands of the Pacific Ocean’s shoreline, the walk features mimes, clowns, jugglers, jesters, break dancers, gangsters, food vendors, painters, drug addicts, and everyone in between, and the sheer number of individuals that are hustling, and essentially pursuing the American dream, can be overwhelming at times.

Venice Beach, as a whole, is home to a wide variety of people, from affluent millionaires to the profoundly impoverished, and the diversity of the human experience within Venice is fascinating.

However, for this particular series of photographs, I chose to focus on the street buskers, the homeless population, and any other individuals that occupied the boardwalk specifically, for extended periods of time.

I found that The Venice Beach Freakshow to be of particular interest, more of my images of “The People of Venice Beach” can be viewed below, and I look forward to adding more images to this series, over the course of the coming years.