Lords of Vegas


Las Vegas 18b Arts District is a thriving arts community, but also an ever-changing palate for local graffiti artists to express themselves. It is not uncommon to find amateur filming crews documenting artists as they add new art atop what may be only a few days old.

The Arts District is also home to the long First Friday tradition: a gathering of artists, food, drink, fun, friends, and entertainment The even is free and happens on the first Friday of each month that draws crowds in the thousands. No, I’m not advertising! It’s quite fun, and I strongly recommend it when temperatures aren’t raging hot. If you do ever have a chance to go, be sure to get there early enough to explore the District’s fun shops beforehand. They’re all unique and interesting in their own way.

Photographers: hours ahead of time, if you’re anything like me.

Graffiti from the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas

Red, White, and Ruvo


Las Vegas has an odd mixture of architectural offerings for photographers, including small scale replicas of several global icons: the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, the Rialto Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty, among others. What many don’t realize is that we also have a Frank Gehry building: the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, a division of Cleveland Clinic. It is located near the Arts District and the Smith Center (I highly recommend both).

To learn more about Lou Ruvo Center’s important brain research, building location and tour information, visit the Keep Memory Alive website.

Ruvo in Red

The Majestic GGB


If you read about that gull sitting on a fence rail, this is the shot I wanted. This isn’t where most people go to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge, but there are thousands of photos already on the internet from Hawk Hill in Marin County. I have those too, of course, along with many others. No self-respecting photographer who has spent time in the Bay Area of California is without those.

This shot was taken at Horseshoe Bay, situated northeast of the bridge. The North Tower of the GGB is in the foreground. I’ll eventually get around to posting a Hawk Hill shot or two here. For now, I hope you enjoy this low perpsective.

GGB from Horseshoe Bay

The Argument


Me: Excuse me
SG (seagull): [sits silently]
Me: Ahem… excuse me please.
SG: [fluffs feathers, glares at me]
Me: [glares back] I want to shoot the bridge.
SG: Yeah, so?
Me: It’s an icon of this city.
MSG (monsieur [huffy] SG): You and every tourist. What makes you so special?
Me: You have an attitude. I want a picture of it. Do you mind?
SASG (figure it out): It’s a chunk of steel, just sits there.
Me: [losing patience] It’s a beautiful bridge!
SG: You should photograph something interesting. Look, I can stand on one leg. [stands on one leg]
Me: Go find a different rail.
SG: Go find a different bridge. I was here first.
Me: I will not! I’m here to shoot the Golden Gate.
SG: Find a different place to shoot it. I like this spot and I won’t move! [mutters under breath: tourists!]
Me: I’m not a tourist!
SG: Oh yeah? Then why are you carrying a camera?
Me: I’m a photographer.
SG: Take that Miss Photographer! [turns around]

Me: [dances happily, singing] I just shot you in the arse. Take that, smartypants!  

SG: You didn’t!!

Me: Oh. Yes. I. Did!!

Standing sentry

As an aside, I named this image “Lamp Post” because I’ve been told I’ll argue with a lamp post or just about anything.