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July 2020 Photography

Echo Park Avenue: The past is here, in full color, Echo Park Avenue between Montana and Franklin Street. There’s a reason Hollywood shoots so many gritty crime stories here. This is old Los Angeles, when the town was cruel and unforgiving in the hard sunshine. There are stories here. ~ Monday, July 13, 2020

Extreme Roses: Extreme heat calls for extreme roses. One is supposed to stay home in the dark during any Extreme Heat Advisory. But the roses were calling. They were showing off. ~ Saturday, July 11, 2020

A Bit of Everything: Los Angeles is deep into summer. Just about everything is in bloom, everything for every possible mood. What will it be? Take your pick. ~ Saturday, July 11, 2020

James Baldwin: New on Sunset Boulevard, James Baldwin at Larry King Square – across the street from the CNN building and around the corner from old blues and jazz mural at Amoeba Music – soon to be gone. Amoeba Music lost their lease and has moved. The building is about to be torn down and replaced by a tall glass tower – luxury condominiums – so this is the last of this mural. Go tell it on the mountain. James Baldwin may stay. ~ Friday, July 10, 2020

Architectural Lettuce: 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

Enough: One month after that one weekend of rioting that ended with half of Melrose Avenue burnt to the ground and the other half looted and empty, everything is slowly being rebuilt, but with full awareness of why this happened. ~ Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Keep the Paint: No one said the magic words – that’s a wrap – strike the set. The massive “All Black Lives Matter” march started in the center of Hollywood two weeks ago. Those were the words that they painted in giant letters right there on Hollywood Boulevard, and they’re keeping the paint. This might useful again. They didn’t strike this set. ~ Monday, July 6, 2020

Pandemic Hollywood: Things got worse. Everyone has to stay home. And that makes Hollywood a bit odd. Of course it was always odd. ~ Monday, July 6, 2020

These Fireworks: This Fourth of July all the fireworks shows in Los Angeles were cancelled. The coronavirus pandemic is out of control. Stay home. But there were still fireworks in the local gardens. ~ Saturday, July 4, 2020

Long Ago: The Hollywood Sign used to say HOLLYWOODLAND to advertise a new housing development at the top of Beachwood Canyon, a “superb environment without excessive cost on the Hollywood side of the hills” – the brainchild of Harry Chandler, the owner of the Los Angeles Times. That was 1923. In 1949, the City of Los Angeles repaired and rebuilt the sign without the last four letters. This was no longer a housing development. In 1937, Aldous Huxley – “Brave New World” – moved to Hollywood, to a house up here. He never left. He made a lot of money as a screenwriter, money that he used to smuggle Jewish and left-wing writers and artists out of Hitler’s Germany – to America, to Hollywood. Hollywoodland had turned into a literary and arts community. But the original 1923 real estate office is still here, and the stone gates. Hollywood used to be interesting. ~ Friday, July 3, 2020

Organic Forms: There’s a mysterious odd tree across the street from the Mushroom House, the O’Neill House at 507 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Don O’Neill was an art dealer specializing in Art Nouveau and in 1978 he and his wife Sandy began to renovate this property in homage to his favorite architect, the surrealist Antoni Gaudi. Don O’Neill died in 1985, just as the project got underway, but his wife finished it for him. And now there’s a sculpture garden across the street to match it. Everything matches. ~ Thursday, July 2, 2020

Speed Metal: 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, at it has aged well, and it’s very red. Nothing else is red down there. ~ Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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