With winter creeping in, photographer Rachael Wright escaped to the West Coast to avoid grey skies and falling temperatures. Experience her trip to California with the words and images captured below.
I’m thinking about moving to LA at some point, so this trip was kind of a reconnaissance mission to see if my New York sensibilities could handle laidback LA living. I’m in love with the light in California – they don’t call it the Golden State for nothing – so it wasn’t too hard to win me over.
Los Feliz and Silverlake are great, and Echo Park delivered some very strong tacos (Guisados – big thumbs up) but my heart belongs to the Westside, specifically Venice, with its palm trees, epic sunsets and the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu…
The best kind of trip
Someone forgot to tell Hollywood the sun isn’t supposed to stop shining in California…
Teeny-tiny library in Larchmont Village
Be-smogged palm trees in Los Feliz
An alternative view of the Hollywood sign and Downtown LA. Well worth the two-hour hike.
The houses on the canals have parking spots for their environmentally-friendly Priuses in the back and moorings for their environmentally-friendly rowboats in the front.
Only in LA and only on Venice Beach
Making friends with the locals
My favorite LA neighborhood by far
Where’s David Hasselhoff?
Every route to Malibu is the scenic route. This one takes you through the Santa Monica Mountains.
The perfect size for road tripping
Staircase to El Matador Beach – a hidden cove off the PCH
Stranger on the beach with a Settlement Backpack
Faceless self-portrait… while being photobombed by a shooting star
Fish tacos and root beer for breakfast at Neptunes
Beach color palette
Searching for the perfect break
I almost don’t want to tell you about The Old Place, as it’s a locals’ only secret spot… It was Steve McQueen’s favorite hangout back in the day and it’s the most vibey place I’ve ever been
The gates at the back of The Old Place look like they’re made from giant antlers
I can think of worse places to meditate
All tuckered out
Sunset/Moonrise. Goodnight Malibu.
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