Sounds of Two Eyes Opening is a collection of photographs taken between 1962-82 by Spot, a musician, producer and sound engineer who documented southern California beach life, skating culture and the burgeoning punk scene. he was a fan of LIFE magazine as a kid, and started taking photos while writing for Easy Reader, a newspaper in the Hermosa Beach area. you can read an interview with him about the book here.

Spanning the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Sounds of Two Eyes Opening offers an amazing portrait of Southern California coastal life: surfing, bikinis, roller skating and skate boarding’s fledgling days are set in contrast to iconic shots of all the key denizens of hardcore punk rock as it is being invented; candid shots of Black Flag, The Germs, Minutemen abut those of everyday punks, fans, cops, clubs and now-shuttered rehearsal spaces.

images thanks to Sinecure. you can buy the book through them or Amazon.

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  1. Really incredible shots, I can’t believe that they are decades old. What I love about them is their unassuming and real nature. The people in the photos don’t seem to be wearing anything special or posing in any specific way to be noticed.

    Rae of love from berlin

  2. Love these photos! Love that these photos just captured the people while doing something they loved and were natural not posed.

  3. Spot’s photographs are so fun to look at. There is this incredible casual cool in every frame. I especially the love the moment in the last shot posted here. Pure and raw, 1970’s love.

  4. As a lover of all things throw-back, I wish I could hop into a time machine and relive these photos for myself. I live for the laid-back, carefree vibe seen among friends, SOs… the sheer amount of skin in these photos–the modest, if not disinterested beauty. Would love to learn more about “skater-culture”. (I also love the blog) XX
    http://b-lissfully.blogspot.com/

  5. Tamara Wilkins Reply

    I believe that is me standing in front of Wildwheels eating an ice cream cone. I worked there for a short stent when I was 17 years old. Skated 16 hours a day most days.

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