My wife Jane & I traveled to Southern California in spring of 2016 to visit my aunt Olivia Newton John at her ranch near Santa Barbara.
We spent some time visiting the local area & I shot a roll of film around the old motel called the Santa Cota. It was built in 1962 and at the time was closed & boarded up.
From there we drove to Palm Springs to attend a wedding of a friend & stayed at the iconic Ace Hotel. This chain of restored motels scattered all over the world are super hip & keep the integrity of the original architecture intact.
Some of these photographs from Palm Springs are among my most popular.
At midnight after the wedding we randomly drove past the art Deco building, Canyon.
I was able to get one frame in the dark of night of this fantastic building.
Not easy after a Palm Springs wedding - drinks - dancing - good times.
From Palm Springs we traveled to Indio & Coachella on our way to the Joshua Tree state park.
There we stayed a night at the Joshua Tree Motel. I always wanted to visit as this is where musician’s Gram Parson & Keith Richards had some of their infamous adventures; sadly this is also where Gram Parson died.
It’s a crazy story & you can read about this adventure here:
The Motel has not changed or renovated since 1973!
I shot some images of the front yard & pool area in my series. The Joshua Trees & the untouched look of the place makes you imagine being there almost 50 years ago.
After Joshua Tree we drove back to LA & spent some time in Malibu shooting at the surf break on the point & Venice Beach.
The light in California at that time of year has a beautiful warm golden glow, hoping to get back there one day soon to do it all again.