I often ride my bike along Ballona Creek which has a wonderful bike path that takes you down to the beach at Playa Del Rey. If I am lucky I will see a Great Blue Heron or an Egret along its banks. At certain spots, you can watch Brown Pelicans trying their luck as they dive for fish at places where the salt water from the sea finds its way a bit inland. There are many things about Ballona that remind you it is still a creek even though its natural shores have been replaced by concrete ones.Read More
The Woolsey wildfire started on November 8, 2018 and has burned over 98,000 acres of land, destroyed an estimated 1,100 structures and killed 3 people in Los Angeles and Ventura counties especially in the hard hit area of Malibu.
I had a chance to visit the area last Friday to witness the massive destruction. The first thing I came across was a bridge that spanned a creek over Mulholland Highway near Kanan Road. The steel beams had actually melted from the extreme heat and workers were pretty amazed at the sight as they attempted to formulate a plan to resurrect it.Read More
I hope you can join me this Friday at the First Annual Faculty, Member and Alumni Exhibition at Los Angeles Center of Photography. It will be held from 7-10PM and is a collection of photography honoring the organization’s faculty, members and student alumni. 33 artists will be exhibiting their work, with a total of roughly 60 images on display. The exhibition will show at LACP April 13 – May 18, 2018. The FMA will be an annual exhibition in the Spring of each year.Read More
On Saturday, January 28, as part of MOPLA (Month of Photography LA), myself and my cohorts will be doing an artist’s talk about our show, Los Angeles: Detailed, currently hanging at the Annenberg Community Beach House through February 19th. Los Angeles: Detailed is an exhibition featuring photographic works by nine diverse local photographers and which seeks the connection between the details in the artists' minds and the quotidian details of the unique landscape that is Los Angeles. That’s the official description, but it really is a cool show with some great work.
Tickets are free, but it is advised you RSVP to hold your place as space is limited. Hope to see you there. Get tickets hereRead More
Every year I lead a photo tour of the LA River, and every year there is something that has transformed or disappeared, that’s how fast things are changing along the river. One of my favorites was an old auto scrap yard and its ancient metal fence that ran along East Cesar Chavez Ave. Gone but not forgotten. The next tour is coming up in a couple of weeks. Sign up here - https://lacphoto.org/events/the-los-angeles-river-photo-adventure-with-peter-bennett-oct-2016/Read More
Proud to have two of my LA River prints hanging in the new California Speaker of the House, Anthony Rendon’s State Capitol office. Speaker Rendon represents LA’s 63rd district, which includes southern portions of the LA River, and is a great river advocate. His Assembly Bill 530, which authorizes the creation of a local working group to develop a Lower River revitalization plan was signed by Gov. Brown in 2015.Read More
I am going to be part of a great upcoming show on the LA River. Info below and I hope you can make it, should be a fun evening. Will post some of the photos from the show in the weeks leading up to the show
ANNOUNCING: Gallery Opening on Saturday,February 20th, 2016- from 7-10pm
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This is the new trailer for A Concrete River, a new documentary on the LA River by Raphael Sbarge. Many of my stills are used in the film and 13 of my prints are currently being exhibited at the Laemmle NoHo Theatre until the end of the year as part of Laemlle’s Art in the Arthouse series.
I really love poster art and have been working on a new series of LA River Water Birds, six in all. Great Blue Herons are the most magnificent, but baby ducklings are pretty cute too. Available in two sizes, 16 x 24 inches and 20 x 30 inches and printed on Fuji Satin Finish photo paper. See them all.Read More
One of the things I love about photographing the LA River is how often I go down there and get to see and photograph some thing, some event, some place for the first time. The LA River is undergoing a tremendous transformation and certainly some of the most dramatic changes, at least from a visual sense, has occurred because of the implementation of the Los Angeles River Recreation Zone project two years ago.Read More
If you’ve never had the chance to take part in the annual FoLAR La Gran Limpieza river clean up, you are going to have a chance over the next three weekends: April 11, 18 and 25th. You might say, “well gee Peter, make this sound good why dontcha!” OK, here goes. (A), it is actually fun. Tons of poeple show up for the chance to help out: young, old, families, couples and plenty of single folks all come out for a few hours and lend a hand cleaning up the river. Last Summer I watched as our Mayor traipsed around the thik underbrush, plucking plastic bags and other assorted trash out of the trees as he went along.Read More
Sometimes your life can change with a clunk! Last spring, Donna Johnson, 72, of East Porterville, a small community at the eastern edge of the Central Valley, ran out of water. She hoped it was a problem with the pump or something a few feet of digging would fix, “it’s a hard issue to admit to yourself that your well has gone dry” Donna told me. She brought out someone to look at the well, but when the pipes went down and Donna heard that clunk, she knew the awful truth.Read More
A few weeks ago I was up in the Central Valley shooting some drought stories and from all the parched earth and empty fields I saw it seemed like we might never have rain again. This current storm here in LA is a very welcome relief, but long term we need a helluva lot more and most importantly we need it in the mountains of the north and the Sierra to seriously replenish the reservoirs and water system that provides for California agriculture and cities. But I’m not complaining! Yet!Read More
One of my favorite places to photograph is the Sepulveda Basin and more specifically the Sepulveda Dam located at the Basin’s Eastern end. I will be leading my semiannual LA River Photo Adventure this coming Saturday and the dam is always one of the most popular stops of the tour.Read More
A few weeks ago I went to shoot some fill-in material for a story on the drought I was doing for Landscape Architecture magazine. I thought the juxtaposition of the two subjects really told the story of how bad it is and how far we need to go before all of us out here in the southland start to take some responsibility ourselves for improving the situation.It is pretty clear that we may be in this for a while. A report last week from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center indicates a poor forecast for rain and more importantly the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada for this winter.Read More
I have witnessed and participated in many events along the LA River, but covering and photographing the 1st Annual LA River Boat Race this last Saturday was pretty special. It was historic, it was also loads of fun – the broad grins and/or determined looks on the competitor’s faces as they splashed and shot through the small whitewater rapids would attest to that.Read More
Photographing political events and photos ops are pretty strange. It is always a challenge to try to distinguish the “op” from the real, and more often than not there ain’t much real. Last Saturday I found myself down at Marsh Park along the Elysian Valley surrounded by a large fuzzy Lion, a cadre of cheerleaders, a bunch of political handlers all buzzing about along with various groups of helpful citizens there for a river clean-up.Read More
I’ve been wanting to go kayaking down the LA River since about 2008. That was the year I stood on the shore of the river along the Sepulveda Basin and watched as kayaker George Wolfe emerged from upstream and the dense foliage and shore his craft just in front of me.Read More
If you have spent any time exploring even a bit of the LA River, you have no doubt seen its many different landscapes and incarnations, I have found and stumbled upon many of these in my journeys to photograph it. Last week I was shooting for a client who needed some printed photos of the Sepulveda Basin to display in a nearby housing development. Most of the river throughout the Basin is pretty calm and flat-watered as it runs a fairly straight course to the Dam at the southeastern end of the Recreation area.Read More
I am a history geek and anytime I can shoot something that opens up a little window of the past for me is an exciting opportunity. Loving to shoot the LA River as I do, as well as water issues in general in and around the Los Angeles area, when I read about the discovery that a 100 foot section of the Zanja Madre had been discovered at a construction site in Chinatown,Read More