Life is very much like a drum circle; those who drum, those who dance to the beat of the drum, and the audience who watches them both.
Since I arrived to Los Angeles in March 2014, and the Venice Beach Drum Circle has become my one and only weekly outing...and outlet. I spent the first months between taking pictures, dancing, and drumming whenever I had to chance to use someone's drum or the few times I rented one for the day. I had already shared my drumming adventures and you can check this earlier article, Full Moon Drumming, as well as shorter posts Here and There.
Then finally, I made the bold move and bought a djembé. By that time, I had made lots of friends from that glorious gathering. Many eclectic, multicultural, like-minded people from different backgrounds getting together once or twice a week for such a magnificent event. To each their own cause to attend. Some go to detach, some to heal, some to let out frustrations. Others, to play music ― dance and party ― or simply to enjoy the energy and connect with fellow Earthlings.
Enough with words, enjoy this collection of captures I have taken throughout this past year. Also check this Photo Album from more updated photos.
|John Lee behind the lens, Tom on the Djembé, and Andy in his red shirt holding the shaker |
on the far right
|Tim (right) was the first to lend me his djembé to try, then it was Ronald (left). |
I instantly knew that this was it.
|Alex from Russia (left), Freddy in black holding his cap, next to him sitting down is Joseph, |
in green T is Toby, and Kevin in white T.
Mike is in the middle practicing his soulful singing.
|El Maestro ― Jack, apparently, is from Lebanon and we often chat in Arabic|
|Saturdays are usually cooler than Sundays as it's less people so we can hear each other |
and there is more connection
|I was sitting down drumming while closing my eyes then I opened them to find this |
smiling clown girl ahead. Had to get it on camera.
|A common site at the circle a baby left to explore and enjoy while being monitored by|
|Eddy with his mummy bandage (left), Todd drumming in the middle in grey shirt, |
and Carlos in beanie and glasses (right)
|Tim (left), Feather, and Ronald|
One of the last Saturdays of 2014
Alien looking at Scott and the other Paul is sitting down in the middle on the
very back in black top and shades
“Spark of Light”
on the first Saturday of 2015
The Tribe in 2015
“Shiny Happy People”
One additional thing I love about drumming is the chance to give people a good time
and a reason to smile, dance and celebrate.
Feather, Alex (white shirt), Paul (behind Alex in yellow T-shirt), Louis, Dan, Andy (red shirt),
and Steve in the middle.
Eddy, Louis, Louis, and Carlos
How the famous Venice Beach Drum Circle starts every weekend
“We The Sovereign”
“Bring On The Dancers” ― Sonia here in the middle
The boys in full swing
“The Zone” by David Healey Photography
The next four photos were kindly sent to me by Francis Ybanez, a new friend I met at the circle.
I rarely had any since I'm either behind the lens or the drum.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
This one was taken by a man who parked his bike to listen to me playing solo on
a Wednesday afternoon when I was accompanied by Blackjack
And finally the most recent video shot by my new bungalow-mate, Jarkko from Finland
― June 7th, 2015
Another Year at the Venice Beach Drum Circle in Photos & Videos
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Photos I Shot That Brought Tears To My Eyes
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