Sunday, February 22, 2015

Local hotspots

rushhour, 134

winter trees, so cal

doughnuts burgers

TL, riverside queens

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


sunrise in Studio City, CA over the LA river

 a windy day in Pasadena looking to the mountains

morning looking towards Forest Lawn & Griffith Park

a mystery location that I believe is North Hollywood during sunrise

a sky that cannot be more precisely identified somewhere in Los Angeles

moody sky over Eagle Rock

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ford F100

 An old Ford F-100 in an awesome aqua color that I encountered while biking around my neighborhood....

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

index doodles - circular rainbow, cool

Index doodles! Hello! I don't know why I didn't do them for a while, but a few weeks I decided to start them again. These are super simple and good to do while listening and easy to start and stop - just circles in the forms of dots, small circles and large circles in a limited palette, but I really like the resulting patterns. Hopefully I can work on the warmer colors for a complete rainbow next!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Near and Far

Some photos shot with my Holga while wandering around... with and without close up filters & using the lomography 400 film....I have no idea what kind of tree this is, but I see them all over....

How many times will I take this similar photo? I have no idea, because there are so many different leaves!

....and far

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Night on Broadway - Million Dollar & street things

More photos from the Night on Broadway event this past weekend. The first couple are from a magic show with David Kovac & Sebastian Kraine in the Million Dollar Theatre & the rest are bits of life on Broadway during the event. In retrospect, despite all the pictures I shot, of course, I wish I had shot more. That's pretty much how I always feel. I think that feeling has sunk in especially since I scanned some more from my Yashica Mat (should have taken that to this event!) & after realizing how some of these theaters really aren't ever open to the public anymore & that a tripod would have been extremely useful. Boo.

The Million Dollar Theatre was the first one we visited, which made it kinda overwhelming by itself. We headed to the upper level to watch the magic show where the walkways were a little weird with minimal railing and the chairs were very... unmodern in their layout. When sitting in my seat, I could barely fit my feet on the floor because my toes were hitting the chair in front of me. We didn't visit the bottom seating section, so I'm not sure if those were more generously spaced or not. I also visited the bathroom on the upper level at one point. The bathroom consisted of an outer sitting room, which was much larger than the area filled with 4 toilet stalls and 2 sinks, which was barely big enough to move around in and required airplane-like shuffling (I've definitely been in single-stall full bathrooms that were much larger than the stall area as well.) I would have shot some photos, but with so many people, it just would have been incredibly weird. In general though, I realized how so many aspects of these theaters probably make them difficult/costly to get up to modern building codes/ADA regulations, etc. especially since basic work sometimes requires those other standards to be met, which is partially what makes these sorts of places so novel now. In one of the theaters I even noticed that the exit signs were artistically tiled and integrated into the decor of the building and wondered if that would have to be replaced/covered up by a "modern" exit sign meeting x, y & z criteria.

Something else I found to be a little funny was that you could tell some aspects of the magic shows weren't made for people to be watching them from as high up as we were. From our seats I occasionally caught little bits of the behind the scenes "magic" that made the tricks work - mostly additional people moving around in the "background". Oops. :O

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Night on Broadway - Los Angeles Theatre

Last night we spent the evening in downtown LA wandering around and visiting old movie theaters as part of an event called "Night on Broadway". The free event included open houses and all sorts of performances at something like 7 old theaters in downtown LA was part of a long term plan to revitalize Broadway in downtown LA. Last night was a night to show off.

We took the Red Line down, hopped off at Pershing Square station and after a 1 block walk, we were pretty much right at the event. A few blocks of Broadway were actually shut down with food trucks, little booths, stages, art and other random things going on in the streets and little gallery's off to the side. We started off at the 3rd street end and then wandered down to the 9th street end before turning back around and catching the subway back home at 4th. With so many theaters to visit and so little time and things to watch and explore, I feel like we were somewhat rushed, but I'm still glad we went and we saw what we did.

This post was initially supposed to be all my photos from my DSLR, but yeah... that pretty much never happens. So, instead, this set is from the Los Angeles Theatre (originally built in 1930), where we watch a bit of Nova Han presents Wilderbe. This theater was definitely in more of an original state (some of the theaters were missing all the seats) with all sorts of elaborate decorations. Just the experience of walking into the theaters themselves is somewhat disorienting as I never really go in a place that elaborately decorated anyplace in LA. When I first walked into the area where the stage was from the lobby, I actually gasped because I didn't expect to see what I did... it reminded me of fancy European churches and castles. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to watch the whole show because we needed to keep moving, but what we did see was a bit surreal with masked characters that matches the walls and sang Nine Inch Nails and smelled like Burning Man (and by that I mean sage).

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