The End of Venice

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© Michael Lujan
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I first started my slow crawl westward circa 2001 (which is also the name of my favorite film, about a different kind of journey… maybe). First Memphis, Tennessee, then Tucson, Arizona, then called to Venice, California to be with the woman I married. Well, the marriage is now unfortunately ending, and though I shot this scene many months before we came to this impasse, it nevertheless seems iconic, an image laden with some painful prescience. Living by the beach meant I literally could go no further west without drowning, and now she and I can go no further together without risking our sanity. This separation and pending divorce means the End of Venice for me, insofar as I’ve moved out of her beachside apartment and am now living with friends in Culver City. Now when I go to the beach I won’t take it for granted, as I came to do while living a block away from it. Hopefully I’ll never again take love for granted, either.

6 responses

  • Jessica Toussaint

    Jessica Toussaint said (28 May 2012):

    Awesome shot. I love how photographers can take something that others may see as simple and over look, and make it into something so much more meaningful. I love not only the photo but your personal reason behind it's meaning.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (28 May 2012):

    What a story telling photograph!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (28 May 2012):

    The photo is beautiful. the story is bittersweet. these are the things that build us.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (29 May 2012):

    Perfect image for the conclusion of the journey.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (30 May 2012):

    Wow...powerful image and writing...This image does certainly seem to represent your present...Thank you so much for sharing something so personal...and for sharing your insights. I wish you all the best.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (22 Jun 2012):


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