From A Different Place

Secret garden.


uess, will you please guess where I took this picture?

Unless you’ve been here you’ll never figure it out.

I made this picture photographing a book project in — wait for it — Las Vegas. Wait? What?

At the time when I worked on the project there were a group of very upscale, sleek and new hotel-casinos built on The Strip. Very restrained with no garish neon lights. That was a big deal for me. I could make pictures that nobody else had yet. You know me, I like to explore. So I did.

I alway carry a better class of traveling clothes. You never know when you might need them for many kinds of events and locations. It’s a good thing I brought them. I watched people come and go. Everybody was dressed well.


I got dressed. I walked over to the cluster of buildings with one camera and a short lens. I sort of tucked it behind my shoulder and walked in like I belonged there. Nobody gave me a second look. So I wandered around and photographed whatever interested me.

I eventually came to this little secret garden. I doubt it would be available at any of the normal hotel-casino. But, this place — The Aria — was not a place you went to party, drink too much and do things that needed to stay in Las Vegas. I’m sure some of it occurred, but behind very closed doors.

It is a place to relax and unwind. So… a beautiful little secret garden. By the way, the background is flowing water. That’s why the bench faces in that direction. You can sit and hypnotize yourself. After about a week in sin city, I needed that.

Nobody bothered me while I sat.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

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