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Fox TV's The O.C. comes to the real OC, sort of.

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We met cast members Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson at 5th and Sunset Los Angeles photo studios along with photographer Jorge Salas and make-up artist Jeffrey Paul. Together, we helped the kids engage in a classic Orange County activity that stretches back to 1950, when Richard Nixon rode Helen Gahagan douglas like a rented mule.


"I know the light here: everything is really light, almost washed-out, almost monochromatic, even— from the street to the colors of the buildings to the sky. It's almost monochromatic. Which I like. What's perfect is that I'm here for a bit. When I've had enough monochromatic, I leave. I'll go to New York."
—Artist Tommy Dougherty
Photo by: James Bunoan


When I surf, I'm thinking about God. I think about what I want to make of myself.
—Surfside's Lauren Stinson, aspiring professional surfer and participant on MTV's Surf Girls
Photo by Jeanne Rice


Things that aren't there anymore: Costa Mesa's Kona Lanes, Wally George, Anaheim Nazi Hangout The Shack, 405's fast lane, and "Your defending World Series champion Angels."
Photo by: James Bunoan


Suburban Gothic, Hootenany
Photo by Jeanne Rice


Doobie, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Photo by: James Bunoan


5 PLACES NOT TO SHOOT PHOTOS

1. NIXON LIBRARY & BIRTHPLACE. Shooting a story about the library's expansion into weddings and trade shows, I was told by that officious, butch-looking lady in the background, "Go do your art project somewhere else." I should be grateful: she didn't call me a dirty Jew.

2. ROCKET SHIP PARK, FULLERTON. I was shooting examples of Googie design when neighbors called police to report a child pornographer photographing kids in the park. How did they know I was a predator? My low-top pink Chuck Taylors.

3. SANTA ANA COURTHOUSE. Similar to No. 2 , different city.

4. BACKSTAGE WITH FAT ROCK STARS. No sense of humor.

5. HUNTINGTON CENTER. It's practically like Tombstone outside the abandoned Levitt's, but the rent-a-cops don't want you shooting punk bands there.
—James Bunoan
Photo by: James Bunoan


The Prospector, Long Beach
Photo by James Bunoan


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