Exploration: Topanga Canyon

Uffda, talk about a belated blog post. Way back in March, I was contacted by a guy named Ali, who had seen one of my photos on Flickr and was wondering if I could help him out with a project he was working on for the Topanga Canyon Chamber of Commerce. It wasn't a paying gig, but I was looking for a way to get out, meet new people and explore, so I said yes.

Ali's task was to create the poster, invitations, and other materials for the Topanga Canyon Chamber of Commerce (from here on known as TCCC, because holy crap does that take forever to write) annual awards dinner and ceremony. My part in this was to photograph the words "64TH ANNUAL AWARDS" written out using different mediums; white sand in a parking lot, driftwood on a grassy field, and flowers on a beach. I got up at the crack of dawn to make the trek to Topanga and meet Ali, April, and Tana for the first time. I had no idea that it would turn into such an adventure.

I didn't end up getting a copy of all of the final posters, pamphlets, or postcards, but here are a couple examples of our work that first day (I took the pictures; Ali and Tana did all of the designing, and Ali's friend did the photo editing):

It was a fun project, and I went home thinking that was it.

THEN, April (who works for the TCCC and was in charge of planning the awards event), asked me if I would be interested in taking photos for and making the awards. Thus began many hours of exploring Topanga with Ali and our friend Lon, and attempting to be crafty and DIY-y. I took many photos documenting the journey.

And after weeks of hard work, the fruits of our labor:

My shadowbox masterpieces (design by April, construction and photos by me):

And Tana's lovely design and setup, a result of April's event planning:

(And then the internet exploded from so many pictures in one post.) The event ended up being a huge success, and I had such a great time working on this project! Topanga Canyon is a beautiful place full of beautiful people. I am also now a member of the TCCC, which I need to start taking advantage of more often.


Happy Thursday!