1904: April 2019 Photography

April 2019 Photography

Fifty Shades of April: This is the color of Los Angeles as April ends, at least in the gardens. ~ Saturday, April 27, 2019

In the Sandbox: Joan Miró joined the Surrealist group in Paris in 1924 and he hung out with the Dada crowd too. He considered surrealism a sandbox for the subconscious mind, and he had fun in that sandbox. Now there’s a mural in the manner of Miró at the corner of Melrose and Laurel in West Los Angeles, across the street from the appropriate period Art Deco building, under the surreal skies. Miró would like this. ~ Thursday, April 18, 2019

Peace and Love: That’s yarn. That’s peace and love. But things aren’t that simple in West Los Angeles. ~ Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Dark Heart: Hollywood can be unsettling on one of those rare dark days. This was one of them. Sunset and Vine is the heart of Hollywood, a dark heart here. ~ Tuesday, April 16, 2019

In Southern California: From the front door – slightly enhanced – it was another David Hockney kind of day out here. ~ Monday, April 15, 2019

The Color of April: These are the colors of April in Los Angeles. Everyone’s garden is awesome. ~ Saturday, April 13, 2019

Pop on Pico: Driving back to Hollywood from the Fox movie studios on Pico Boulevard – a bit of ersatz Roy Lichtenstein on the “Mr. C” hotel and some sort of homage to Andy Warhol on the wall of “Factors’ Famous Deli” – and there’s that giant Screaming Eagle. There’s pop on Pico. ~ Thursday, April 11, 2019

Blue and White: Keeping it simple – just blue and white – the old Emser building on Santa Monica Boulevard and Olive in West Hollywood. ~ Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Dead: The Hollywood Palladium opened on October 31, 1940 with a dance featuring Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra and his new boy-vocalist Frank Sinatra. During World War II, the Palladium hosted radio broadcasts featuring Betty Grable answering servicemen’s song requests. In 1961, it became the home of the Lawrence Welk Show – and so on and so forth. Everyone has played here. Everyone still does. And now they have dead people in the window! ~ Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Turning To Glass: Hollywood is turning to glass – Sunset Boulevard at El Centro – glass towers next to the old Hollywood Palladium. ~ Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Another April: There’s April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom, and there’s April in Los Angeles. There’s a lot more in blossom. Los Angeles is better. ~ Saturday, April 6, 2019

While You Can: Sometimes this end of Los Angeles seems intentionally disorienting. It’s the half-finished hand-painted commercial advertisements. It’s the odd surrealism of the actual street art. It’s the ominous skies. It’s that Buddhist monk holding that sign – “Get out while you can.” ~ Friday, April 5, 2019

Never Forget: Amid the synagogues and temples and shuls, on Rosewood at La Brea, a recent Holocaust mural – as one should never forget. ~ Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Living Elsewhere: More of Sycamore Street in the Wilshire District – apartment building fantasies from the late twenties and early thirties – when everyone in Los Angeles really wanted to live somewhere else. ~ Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Working in White: Gower Street, one block south of Sunset Boulevard, an old white Spanish Revival municipal building now a warehouse and truck garage, but still impressive, and across the street, the white walls of the oldest part of Sunset-Gower studios. Frank Capra filmed “It Happened One Night” in there in 1934 and now it’s the home of sitcoms and television crime shows. But this is still Old Hollywood. Old Hollywood used to be bright white. ~ Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Very High Noon: There were messages in the clouds. The high winds aloft ripped them apart. And there were odd messages on the ground. This was high noon at Melrose and Harper. ~ Monday, April 1, 2019