Photography may have taken Mark Sugi to Kosovo, North Korea, Iceland and Kenya in recent years, but Santa Monica, California, continues to be his favorite place in the world. “When the clouds move in and the sky starts to light up crimson red, there’s no place I’d rather be,” he explains. “For those that appreciate solitary runs under the stars, but also proximity to cosmopolitan amenities, Santa Monica is the spot.”

Often shooting landscapes with elements of local culture, his attention to detail stems from working in the medical field. “Photography and imaging have become the cornerstone of my career in radiology,” he says, “which relies on understanding limitations of the human eye and improving our ability to detect subtle findings.”

Mark considers Santa Monica as Los Angeles’ most urban beach city, and embraces its history and unique architecture. “This place really is a network of very diverse residential enclaves, many of which are lined with palm trees with origins from all over the world — one street Mediterranean, the next Californian,” he mentions. “The wide boulevards north of Wilshire offer some of the most realistic perspectives of life in the city.”