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 last week, but from 2015 to 2020, from the archives.

Stepping into the Past (40 images): Chapman Market, designed by the firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements, opened in 1929 – and it’s typical of the Churrigueresque Spanish Colonial Revival architecture popular at the time, with a bit of Moorish mixed in, along with some Gothic and Rococo touches. It’s a glorious nightmare of a place, on West 6th Street at Alexandria Avenue in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles. But Stiles O. Clements was on a roll – three years earlier he had given us the exterior of the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard – so everyone should have seen this coming. The Chapman Market was designed as the first-ever drive-in market, but now it’s “the” Koreatown hotspot – all the hot clubs and amazing restaurants are here – but it’s a very strange place. It has a past. ~ Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hollywood Patterns (25 images): Hollywood in the abstract, Friday, July 15, 2016

The Strongest Sun (45 images): The play of light at the Los Angeles County Art Museum complex on Wilshire Boulevard on a brutally hot summer day – Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Jungle Out There: (35 images): It’s a jungle out there. Or it’s just another summer afternoon on Melrose Avenue. ~ Friday, July 13, 2018

The Lotus Festival (35 images): Every year it’s the same thing – odd food and live music and ethnic dances and dragon-boat races – at the Los Angeles Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake, with the largest lotus bed in the United States. This is about the people and culture of the islands of Asia and the Pacific – loud and crowded and a lot of fun – this year on July 14 and 15, Bastille Day weekend. But the Lotus is a Zen thing. This was Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – without the crowds. This was more like it.

At Harmony Gold (30 images): Sunset Boulevard at Stanley Avenue – the light was good and there was an open parking space in front of the offices of Harmony Gold, the film and television production company, and just around the corner from the fancy Moroccan restaurant. The light is always good here in Hollywood – harmonious and golden. That’s why they make movies here. ~ Tuesday, July 14, 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.
This entry was posted in Photography and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s