James Moes is a photographer. He’s a pretty good one, too. He does a lot of personal work and portraits and lots and lots and lots of weddings. Wedding photography is a cringeworthy, silly subject and we never thought that we would “write something about wedding photography.” While perusing Cargo Collective’s Gallery, we found a photo of The Ace Palm Springs and we totally wanted to see what the rest of the photos were. What were they? A wedding photo set by James Moes.
Anyone who has ever visited Palm Springs is aware that there is a huge LGBT culture in the city. It’s been estimated that the city is one third gay and that it has the “fifth largest percentage of same-sex households in the nation.” It’s a homosexual and queer sanctuary! We’ve never engaged with this culture when visiting and, as gay people, we were way overdue to peek into this world. What do gay bars in Palm Springs look like? What is the culture that is there? Outside of specialty weekends like the White Party and The Dinah, what is there to do for gay people? Let us explain via a gay bar tour.
A few things you’ll see driving back home from Palm Springs are the Cabazon and Desert Hills outlet malls, a sprawling 50+ mid-level and luxury level collection of retail stores. They have Nike and they have Levi’s and they have James Pearse and Barneys, Burberry, Theory, and more and more and more. From the highway you can get a sense of the stores but it takes stopping and walking around the outlets to understand the scope of the place. Is it worth the stop though? After passing the place a handful of times and asking friends if it is worth taking the detour, we decided to investigate the place for ourselves to know if it is worthy of a stop.
Ever since our first visit to Palm Springs a few months ago, we were entranced by The Parker. It is a lush green oasis within the oasis that we only believed we would be staying at in our dreams. Every time I talk to someone about Palm Springs I always bring up The Parker: it is the embodiment of what Palm Springs can and should be. It is like the pure essence of the desert resort town contained into a grassy, bush lined maze of opulence. It is a ridiculous place and it is a special place–and we were very lucky to have spent two nights there during our last visit.
If you’ve had any friends stay at The Ace in Palm Springs within the past few months, you may have noticed that they’ve taken photos of a very geometric mural. We’ve seen friends share the piece and we weren’t really sure who was behind the piece until we noticed Will Bryant share a photo, noting that it was by local artist Erin D. Garcia. Garcia has a close relationship with shapes and his mural currently up at The Ace sees him applying his aesthetic to Palm Springs in a big way.