An Eclectic Mix by Michael Cinque in Santa Cruz, California, USA

Name:Michael Cinque

Place you live: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Places your photos were taken: Various locations in Santa Cruz.

Can you sum up Santa Cruz? A quirky beach town comprised of an eclectic mixture of university students, families, mountain bikers, silicon valley high tech workers, transients, artists, slackers, agricultural workers, skateboarders, marine biologists, and surfers.

Preoccupation: Photography, my family, running, historical biographies, The Ramones.

What is a perfect day in your town? Chilling, slacking, relaxing.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Go to the beach.

A perfect meal in Santa Cruz? Verve coffee in the morning.  Mexican-American food at any of the many local taquerias.

What is the best thing about your spot? Warm winters, cool summers.

What is the worst? Drug related crime, gang activity.

A little known fact about where you live? Alfred Hitchcock purchased a ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains in September 1940. Even though he kept his Bel Air home, the ranch in Santa Cruz became his primary residence for the rest of his life.

Where is your favorite place in the world? Maui.

Who are your three favorite photographers? Louis FaurerWilliam KleinHelen Levitt.