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.

Strange Windows (30 images): Walking the back streets of Hollywood, where the strange windows are – windows on the past – odd building from Hollywood’s Golden Age, the age of glamour, with a touch of madness. ~ Friday, July 17, 2015

Pacific High (31 images): The Marina Peninsula, the middle of July, odd skies in the middle of a massive heat wave – and there are strange boats in dry-dock. ~ Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Boiling Sky (35 images): A sticky hot dark summer Monday – it wants to rain but it won’t – the new West Hollywood Public Library and the Pacific Design Center – and yes, the sky is boiling. ~ Monday, July 24, 2017

Long on Color (40 images): Shorty’s Barber Shop on Fairfax Avenue is internationally ironic. There are no barbers. There are hairstylists. The clientele is young Hollywood and urban hipsters. Shorty’s is a study in retro-surrealism – but Shorty’s is long on color. The mural out back is pure supersaturated geometry, but Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope is long on color too – dragons and butterflies and that blue mandala at Gracie’s Pizza. This end of Los Angeles is long on color. It’s almost exhausting. ~ Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Splitting the Sun (50 images): The summer sun can be too brutal. So split it up. The redwood craftsman-style pergola in Palisades Park in Santa Monica will do that. It was built in 1912 and left to decay until it was dismantled piece by piece in 1984 and restored on a concrete foundation at the north end of the park, with the best view of the Pacific in the city. The restoration was worth the trouble. The geometry is amazing, as are the shadows it casts. And it does tame the brutal sun. ~ Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Summer Afternoon (30 images): Geese, just geese – that’s all – oh, and lotus too – and the summer sky – and a turtle – Echo Park Lake on a summer afternoon is a fine place. ~ Tuesday, July 21, 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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