While in graduate school at UCLA, working in the Brain Research Institute as a biophysics graduate student and simultaneously studying photography with Robert Heinecken and Robert Fichter, I was living in a small apartment in Venice. Life in Venice was very pleasant in the late 1960’s and early ‘70’s: sunshine, music, companionship, drugs, many artists nearby. The downside of Venice was the crime. Break-ins and theft were unfortunately rather common. Whenever my cameras were stolen (the only thing of values in my meager digs) and while waiting for the insurance to replace them, I often turned to other projects – magazine collages amongst them.