It’s twilight time, and the multi-layered visual character of Downtown is beginning to reveal itself. This is when local resident Travis Stock-Tucker and his band of shutterbugs can be seen roaming the Downtown streets and waterfront, taking snapshots during one of Stock-Tucker’s monthly Long Beach Night Walks.

The walks, which Stock-Tucker started last January, last about two hours and usually cover a mile or so of walking at a very leisurely pace. Destinations so far have ranged from the Lions Lighthouse to North Pine, with all the photo opportunities that can be found in between.  

Stock-Tucker, a photo buff himself, organizes and guides the FREE monthly event. Born and raised in Ventura County, he has had a camera in his hand ever since his grandmother gave him his first one when he turned seven.

He began his affinity for Downtown well before he moved here in 2009. “I came down with a bunch of my classmates for a Grad Night boat cruise many years ago,” he explained. “I got off the bus after dark, took a look at the waterfront and the skyline, and I fell in love.”  

Night Walks draw a group of 30 or so photographers every month. They show up with a surprising array of new and vintage cameras as well as smartphones so they can capture their own portraits of seascapes, nightlife candids, and Downtown buildings old and new. 

The walks happen all year. Stock-Tucker prefers the summertime strolls. “Lots more light, lots more people, lots more everything,” he said. 

Grab your photo device and join your creative compadres for an early evening of exploration in Downtown, an endlessly photogenic locale. Work up your hunger and/or thirst, and compare photos afterwards while hanging out at a Downtown eatery or drinkery. Celebrate after seeing Downtown in a new way! 

For detailed information and instructions about Long Beach Night Walks, click here.