Looking Back

New photography has become difficult. Health issues. Limited mobility. The only thing new will be the Saturday botanical galleries, at least for a bit longer. But here is how July looked this week, from 2015 to 2021, from the archives.

The Eyes Have It (27 images): New eyes down on Melrose Avenue. And old eyes too. Someone is looking at you. ~ Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Southern California July (27 images): Pure California – Venice Beach – Friday, July 8, 2016

Ocean Front Art Walk (25 images): The art scene in Venice Beach, Ocean Front Walk, Friday, July 8, 2016

Wilshire Boulevard 1924 (23 images): A little history – the Wilshire Congregational Church, now the Wilshire United Methodist Korean Church – with services in English and Korean and Tagalog now and then – a 1924 Romanesque-Italianate flight of fancy from the architects Allison and Allison. Jeannette MacDonald was married here 1937 and Shirley Temple was married here in 1945 – her first marriage, when she was seventeen. Those were the days – but the building is still startling. ~ Friday, July 7, 2017

Angry Summer Skies (40 images): Sunset and Vine – still hot as hell but now with widely scattered showers here and there – light rain that turns to steam before it even hits the ground – and a smog alert – the air is thick. The skies are angry. Summer is scary in Hollywood. ~ Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Furtive (40 images): Diva Dog is back, being furtive. That means something is up. The local street art is getting even more mysterious. ~ Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Architectural Lettuce (45 images): Romaine Street at Sycamore is an architectural mess – 7000 Romaine is the Art Deco building that Howard Hughes had purchased in 1927 and made his headquarters, now restored to perfection but surrounded by new sleek glass office buildings, and old exposed major power lines on wooden poles too, and just down the block from the noisy and dusty Mexican cement plant. Everything is all mixed up. It’s a romaine mixed salad. ~ Thursday, July 9, 2020

Steam Heat (35 images): This is the doomsday summer heat wave in the middle of the now-endless severe drought, no rain, perhaps ever again, but odd unsettled skies and impossibly high humidity – steam heat. But it’s visually impressive. ~ Thursday, July 8, 2021

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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