A Different View on Long Beach

Photo courtesy Jonathan Spector Photography. An Aerial of Long Beach, Atlantic Beach and the Rockaways. Taken flying in from Puerto Rico on JetBlue in February, 2008.

Photo courtesy Jonathan Spector Photography. Aerial of Long Beach, Atlantic Beach and the Rockaways. Taken while flying in from Puerto Rico on JetBlue in February, 2008.

Has anyone else been at the Coffee Nut Café by Pier 1 in Long Beach lately? I was there about a week ago for my usual fill ‘er up (I live and breathe by the Peruvian organic!) and was astounded with the new artwork on the walls.

There is an incredible showing of photos from Jonathan Spector, mostly taken around, above and off of Long Beach, as well as from around the world.

I had seen this aerial shot of Long Beach as a mind blowing raffle prize at the recent Project Pay It Forward event to help Swingbellys.

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Then, as if on cue, at the Coffee Nut, here were more astounding shots that blur the line between photography and surreal paintings.

When asked what he’s been doing he says “Overall, I’ve been displaying my work at fine art shows from Lincoln Center in NYC to out east in Montauk. ”

I have to say, I’m enamored of the ones showing that were taken from inside and under waves off Long Beach. Probably “The Curl” is my favorite.
A visual reminder of the feel of being inside the tube of a wave- one of my favorite mental images. It puts me right there in fond memories of some of the best days I have spent in the water.

Photo courtesy Jonathan Spector Photography

Photo courtesy Jonathan Spector Photography. Valentines Day, 2008 during an ice storm in Long Beach.

The other ones are really cool, in fact they are all extraordinary.  Jonathan says “Most of them are of Long Beach which shows just how amazing Long Beach is year round!”

You need to see his work. In person is definitely worth the stop.

The showing will be ongoing at the Coffee Nut Cafe. See if you can’t get a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain while you’re there. It’s worth the extra few cents, a treat that you can’t usually get elsewhere!

You can check out more of Jonathan’s photography at his website:
http://www.myvisionphotography.biz/

And you can follow him on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jonathanspectorphotography

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