Looking Back

New photography has become even more difficult. Health issues. Limited mobility. The only thing new will be the Saturday botanical galleries, for a bit. But here is how July started out, from 2015 to 2020, from the archives, in lieu of new photography, for now. We’ll see what the doctors can fix.

Museum Skies (35 images): July opened with mysterious skies – a tropical storm somewhere was pushing waves of low dark clouds over Los Angeles. The light changed. Down on Museum Row, at Wilshire and Fairfax, everything was an enigma – or more of an enigma than usual. ~ Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Urbanization (35 images): The locals couldn’t stop it. The preservationists couldn’t stop it. Hollywood became a city. ~ Monday, July 4, 2016

Before the Fourth (35 images): The west side of Los Angeles the day before the Fourth of July – the issues are already out there. ~ Monday, July 3, 2017

Signature California (25 images): In the summer of 1963 the Beach Boys sang about that Little Deuce Coupe – that 1932 (deuce) Ford Coupe. The Model 18 featured the new Ford flathead V-8 engine and that became the definitive “hot rod” and that became Southern California in the nation’s mind. That was signature California. Here’s one, still around, but those days are gone. Nearby it’s what signature California is now – metrosexual young urban hipsters, young tech executives in slick suits, and the homeless war veterans in the streets. Southern California changed. ~ Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hollywood Overhead (30 images): Morning coffee on the small balcony out back, keeping an eye on the skies over Laurel Canyon – late afternoon, Los Angeles from Mulholland Drive, high above the Hollywood Bowl, looking south across the Bowl and Hollywood and that ribbon of freeway. The drama is overhead. ~ Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Speed Metal (40 images): The Petersen Automotive Museum at Wilshire and Fairfax was just another big boxy white building, a former department store, but in late 2015 a new façade designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – to “evoke the imagery of speed and the organic curves of a couch-built automobile” – was bolted onto the old drab building. That changed everything, as it has aged well, and it is very red. Nothing else is red down there. ~ Wednesday, July 1, 2020

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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1 Response to Looking Back

  1. chester says:

    I really miss the words, but thanks for the art. Hoping for your health to improve.

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