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Dérive by Lincøln

January 2nd, 2008 1:30 AM / Location: 34.015228,-118.4995

INSTRUCTIONS: Among the various situationist methods is the dérive [literally: 'drifting'], a technique of transient passage through varied ambiances. In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.

One can dérive alone, but all indications are that the most fruitful numerical arrangement consists of several small groups of two or three people who have reached the same awakening of consciousness, since the cross-checking of these different groups' impressions makes it possible to arrive at objective conclusions.

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Undertake a dérive, and report your objective conclusions to your fellow players.

On Christmas day I don't know what came over me, but I just got wrapped up and had to complete this task. After a fantastic Newtonmas festivity, some friends of mine and I decide to go see a movie (it was either a movie or a game night, and we decided to do game night the next night). When the film was over and I was watching the credits (as I do), my friends all left. The movie theater we went to was in a real trendy hip part of Santa Monica where they just closed a street for three blocks and it's only used for foot traffic like a mall (we went there because one of my friends is in a wheelchair and doesn't like to go to unfamiliar places all too often, so we went to his neighborhood). Well, after the film all of my friends went to a bar down the street where they have a little shuffleboard court. I was uninterested in going into a bar or playing shuffleboard, so I went for a walk instead.

I thought about this task. I wasn't planning on doing any tasking this night so didn't have a plan, and the one task I have ready to do I need a documentarian for, so I just wandered, letting myself be pulled along from one interesting thing to the next. I took lots of photos to document how I drifted from one place to the next. And it was an excellent opportunity to test out the long exposures on my new camera.
I walked all over Santa Monica for this.
Below are the pictures that I took on my three hour tour of Santa Monica at night on Newtonmas. At the beginning you'll see a map of where I wandered to and you'll see it was pretty aimless. If you want to see what I was thinking about for each picture go read my Night Photography completion. Read the captions over there to get a different story.

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My dérive route

My dérive route

Sorry the writing is so bad. I think you'll get the idea.


Santa Monica and 2nd

Santa Monica and 2nd

I was just wandering, being pulled down the street when I saw this bum sleeping sitting up. I found him beautiful. I had to photograph. I took a lot of pictures of the homeless during my Dérive, and I want to make it clear that this is in no way a means to exploit them in any way. I have the utmost respect for the homeless, and if this seems offensive to anybody in any way, I apologize and insist that it was not meant in such a way. All photos were taken with the utmost respect.


Ocean and Santa Monica

Ocean and Santa Monica

Written on the sidewalk


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue


The pedestrian stairs to get to the beach from the bluffs

The pedestrian stairs to get to the beach from the bluffs


The pedestrian stairs to get to the beach from the bluffs

The pedestrian stairs to get to the beach from the bluffs


On the beach

On the beach

A jungle gym.


On the beach

On the beach

Looking towards the ocean we see a bathroom.


On the bike path

On the bike path


On the bike path

On the bike path


Just off the bike path

Just off the bike path


On the beach

On the beach

Looking back East.


On the beach

On the beach

Looking North


On the beach

On the beach

Looking North-West.


On the beach

On the beach

Looking South-West.


On the beach

On the beach

Looking west at the waves.


On the beach

On the beach

Looking South at the pier.


On the beach

On the beach

Trash can.


On the beach

On the beach

On a life guard station.


On the bike path

On the bike path

Looking North.


On the PCH

On the PCH

Looking at the pedestrian bridge which leads to the bluffs above.


Stairs up to the pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

Stairs up to the pedestrian bridge spanning PCH


The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

The West side facing East.


The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

The West side facing West.




The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

Shot of the defunct stairs leading down to the PCH.


The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH

The East side.


The pedestrian stairs to get from the beach to the bluffs

The pedestrian stairs to get from the beach to the bluffs

Looking up.


The pedestrian stairs to get from the beach to the bluffs

The pedestrian stairs to get from the beach to the bluffs

There was a homeless man walking down where I'd just come from.


Back on Ocean Avenue

Back on Ocean Avenue


On Ocean Avenue

On Ocean Avenue

The religious dioramas can be seen on the right.


On Ocean Avenue

On Ocean Avenue

Looking East across the street.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

Looking North.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

At a war memorial.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

Where Santa Monica Blvd. dead ends. Or begins.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

Near the stairs going down.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

Near the stairs going down.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

View of the stairs.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

Another view, this one looking back North.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

Looking up.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

Looking out to Ocean Avenue.


On the bluff path

On the bluff path

Where Colorado Ave. turns into the Santa Monica Pier.


Colorado Avenue and Ocean Avenue.

Colorado Avenue and Ocean Avenue.


Alley between Ocean and 2nd

Alley between Ocean and 2nd


Alley between Ocean and 2nd

Alley between Ocean and 2nd


3rd street promenade

3rd street promenade

Between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd.



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posted by Sui Generis on January 2nd, 2008 11:39 AM

I have nothing to say, except that I'd rather be in Santa Monica today. Because, damn, it's hard to dérive when it's -4° F outside.