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Holga in Newport Beach, CA

It amazes me now, in retrospect, that I spent seventeen years of adolescence waiting for the day when I could leave my hometown of Newport Beach, California. Ten years later I recently spent a month back in the place that I was raised and now wonder how I ever took such a place of beauty for granted. Sea, sand, surf and surfers: Newport Beach is truly a place unlike any other.

It amazes me now, in retrospect, that I spent seventeen years of adolescence waiting for the day when I could leave my hometown of Newport Beach, California. Ten years later I recently spent a month back in the place that I was raised and now wonder how I ever took such a place of beauty for granted. Sea, sand, surf and surfers: Newport Beach is truly a place unlike any other.

The weather is near perfect year round and there is never a time when surfing or taking a stroll along the boardwalk (a sidewalk along the beach stretching from the Balboa Pier past the Newport Pier) is not an option. The vibe is casual, laid-back. The locals effortlessly incorporate words like “stoked” and “gnarly” into conversation. Take a stroll along the boardwalk any afternoon and it seems like the most pressing concern is having a seagull swoop down and eat the burger you just bought for lunch at The Stuffed Surfer, a burger joint the locals crave at 15th street.

If all the sun and sand has you famished, head to Alta coffee on 32nd street for the best Coffee and small bites in town. The adobe stew is famous and it’s the only place I have ever frequented where the locals convene over a latte to discuss politics and the surf forecast.

Ten years out of Newport and I wonder now why I ever left.

These photos were taken this past month (December 2008). It was the first roll of film I shot using my new Holga.

written by greatwhite

4 comments

  1. saviorjosh

    saviorjosh

    great writing and lovely gallery! Newport is indeed very beautiful!

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  2. hanspan

    hanspan

    love images 5 and 8!

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  3. big_penguin

    big_penguin

    #8 and #1 are my favorites!! I grew up in NB too.

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  4. blueskyandhardrock

    blueskyandhardrock

    Beautiful shots!

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