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Venice Beach Lifeguard tower is here to stay....

Updated: Sep 8, 2017

Venice Beach, CA - Pride Tower.

We had talked about shooting the tower for weeks, but we needed to schedule it for the perfect time. However, the perfect California weather was pulling a sneaky one on us, and day after day was overcast and cloudy. For a photographer, being overcast and cloudy is probably the worst thing that can happen, other then your model being 2 hours late..... so, days of overcast, cloudy and even some lighting and rain (WTF).......Were we ever going to get the shots that we wanted? On top of all that, the city was talking about taking the tower down!!!!! So, the pressure is really on and we really need to get the shot soon. We pack all our gear up on an overcast day, headed down to the beach with our tail between our legs and hoped for the best. Maybe, just maybe she will open like a flower and give us a a little bit of sunlight so, we can at least pop off a couple shots...... Optamistic? Yes. Gonna get the shot ???? Who the fuck knows. But, hey we're down here, we have everything setup and ready to go, just waiting for a little ray of sunlight to show her face. Low and behold....she shows....... but not her full radiant self, just a tease, a couple small rays peak from behind the looming clouds gracing us with just enough light to pop of a couple shots. As fast as she came, she dissapeared behind the horizon...... Manyana amigo, manyana.

We were stoked finally we were going to be able to shoot the infamous lifegauard tower 🌴

Want to know more about the Venice rainbow tower ? We pulled this article below from the interweb.


VENICE, CA – A rainbow-colored lifeguard tower in Venice will remain as a permanent monument to LGBT equality, following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl asked her colleagues to permanently maintain the tower at the end of Brooks Avenue, on a section of Venice Beach renamed as a memorial to the late Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

"At a moment when human rights for many communities in this country are under threat, this dramatic artistic and political statement on Venice Beach offers people in Los Angeles a clear statement of inclusion," Kuehl said.

She said thousands of people called for the structure -- painted in June as part of the Venice Pride celebration -- to be preserved.

"That's a very moving testament to how far Los Angeles has come toward achieving LGBT equality," Kuehl said.

Backers wore black T-shirts with an illustration of the rainbow-painted tower as they urged the board not to repaint it to match the other light blue towers that line county beaches.

Rosendahl was the first openly gay person on the Los Angeles City Council, where he served from 2005-2013. He died at his home in Venice in March 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

In addition to fighting for equal treatment for gay and lesbian residents, Rosendahl was a longtime advocate for the homeless. And based on his personal experience in managing cancer pain, he became an outspoken proponent of medical marijuana.

In 1994, Kuehl became the first openly gay person elected to California's Legislature.

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