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October 2019 Photography

Summer-October: There are no seasons in Southern California. In the gardens, the middle of October looks just like the middle of July. But who’s complaining? ~ Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Topanga Afternoon: Some things are just pure California, like an autumn afternoon at the beach on Pacific Coast Highway at the foot of Topanga Canyon. ~ Friday, October 18, 2019

The Pacific Rocks: Life is hard. This helps – the Pacific coast at Big Rock Canyon in Malibu. ~ Friday, October 18, 2019

Harper Avenue: Another visit to the North Harper Avenue Historic District just off Sunset Boulevard by the Chateau Marmont, because the autumn light was so dramatic – Old Hollywood – Ramone Navarro had to live somewhere. ~ Thursday, October 17, 2019

October Glass: There was an open parking space on Gower – the light was good – Columbia Square, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, the home of CBS’s west coast radio and television operations from 1938 until 2007 – opened in 1938 with a special radio broadcast starring Bob Hope, Al Jolson and Cecil B. DeMille. Lucille Ball filmed the pilot episode of “I Love Lucy” here in 1951, and James Dean once worked here as an usher – but CBS moved out and it’s been rebuilt and it’s all glass now. Most of it is Viacom now. But it does catch the light nicely. ~ Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Slow Day: There’s autumn in New York – a fine song – and then there’s autumn in West Los Angeles. Things are different here, and yes, it was a slow and quiet fall day, but it was oddly fascinating. ~ Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hidden Gems: Smoke in the air from distant fires – oddly filtered light and deep shadows – there were hidden gems in the local gardens. ~ Saturday, October 12, 2019

Distant Smoke: The massive fires were far away – far north – out by Magic Mountain – but the light was strange up on Mulholland Drive. The rest of America is on the other side of that wall of mysterious distant mountains. The view south was different. There was a white haze off the Pacific and Los Angeles was just Los Angeles. ~ Friday, October 11, 2019

Assuming Genius: “Embrace Your Genius” That’s what it said, in very big letters, on a wall hidden in an obscure alley. But all Los Angeles street artists embrace their genius, or think they do. Everyone’s a genius in their own eyes. Every one of them embraces something or other. They think that it’s genius. The rest of us just find it curious. The streets here are a strange place. ~ Thursday, October 10, 2019

Home Light: Housebound for a few days, but that’s not so bad here, one block above the Sunset Strip in a midcentury modern apartment building straight out of an old Perry Mason show from the late fifties, or maybe this place is just a big David Hockney painting. Either way, the autumn light is rather wonderful. ~ Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October Close-Ups: Here in Hollywood, October is when the “serious” movies are released. The studios are trolling for Oscars. Major stars give amazing performances. But the best close-ups are in the local gardens. ~ Saturday, October 5, 2019

In Sunshine: The colors of the Sunset Strip really do pop in the afternoon in the late fall light. Nothing really changes. The Rainbow and Roxy and Whisky are still here. It’s the same rather mad place. But the light changes. And then it’s gone. The Sunset Strip was made for the night. But old men prefer the sunshine. ~ Friday, October 4, 2019

Hollywood Gothic: October ends with Halloween and the Pantages Theater was looking appropriately spooky. But it always looks spooky. Hollywood and Vine always looks spooky. It’s the rather frightening Pantages, and next door, the big white Equitable Building with its gargoyles. Howard Hughes had an office there for a time. He was a bit strange. But he had a view of the serene Taft Building across the street. Or maybe that building is simply surreal. Halloween will be here soon. Hollywood is ready. ~ Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Red Afternoon: Late afternoon at the county art museum – it’s all Chinese red – the architect, Renzo Piano, is famous for that, and famous for his inside-out museums – and that new museum for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is almost finished – the glass dome shimmers in the sun. But everything shimmers in the sun on this quiet afternoon. ~ Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Spaced Out: October opened with strange light in West Hollywood. It was spacy. It was a bit spooky. ~ Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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