Huntington Beach Pier Village, the
Community of Pier People, may one day
look like this city-style landscape of
building structures created by simple
the click of a mouse. Not everyone has
seen the pier. And some of us have seen
and photographed it so many times, we
simply need fresh perspectives on the
photographic effort of taking pictures
of the pier, itself.
Representing the pier as a village, no
human actually lives on the Huntington
Beach Pier. It closes down each night at
midnight and stays locked up till 5 a.m.
each morning. During the day, some
workers spend 5, 10 or even 12 hours
working on the pier, selling gift
souvenirs such as Surf City HB logo
designs, t-shirts and license plates, or
kites, or bait, or even Ruby's Diner
food. The people working on the pier
have their beloved views, and they can
even tune into a pier cam to entertain,
though most are focused on the customers
within their businesses. The pier
workers look at the Huntington Beach
Pier as a source of income.
But for some, it is a thing of beauty.
Take, for instance, several people in
Huntington Beach who used to go to the
pier and photograph it every single day.
The exercise was interesting, till you
started noticing that many of the photos
started looking the same. Finally you
had to ask yourself how many days you
would photograph a newborn that changed
ever so slightly each day. And finally
after about 365 of those days, most of
these photographs moved onto something
The photo above is clearly the handiwork
of a special photoshop filter that took
and image and distorted it
significantly. It is one photograph in a
series of several showing what the pier
would look like not by photographing
five days in a row, but by taking one
photo and changing it several times. The
whole idea is to entertain. There's
nothing heavy or difficult about the
effort that went into this exercise. But
as a web site that presents
journalism, we do like to state that if
it isn't apparent, the photos are
manipulated in this section as artistic
endeavor and entertainment for viewers.
The picture was photographed
with a nikon digital d200. After-effects
prominently utilized extrude filter.