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L.A. Photographic

Posted in American Culture & Politics, Art, Travel by humanb on December 12, 2009

L.A. offered an abundance of angles and frames worth capturing. In the end, my husband and I managed to capture only a few. Here are some of our photographic recollections of L.A.

From the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel:

I think this photo nicely illustrates how cityscape and landscape combine in this city. The Hollywood Hills – more than palm trees – keep this city from devolving into an urban wilderness.

Here’s the Roosevelt Hotel from below on Hollywood Boulevard.

The hotel illuminated and the street below are characteristic of the Hollywood night scene.

Driving around L.A., we stopped briefly at Griffith Observatory to appreciate the view of the city from above.

The Observatory is a gorgeous piece of architecture in its own right, boasting a mind-boggling view of the city’s expanse. Within the observatory are a number of interesting exhibits, including the Foucault Pendulum which marks time by a scientific method that eludes me.

We had comparatively more time to explore the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The museum complex extends for a few blocks and is aesthetically pleasant, though understated.

Its Broad Contemporary Art Museum was underwhelming and its definition of ‘art’ suspect. I include, by way of evidence, the photo I took of Jeff Koons work, Three Ball 50/50 Tank.

The Amhanson Building, however, exhibited works of greater artistic merit. It housed a special exhibition of work from the Pacific Islands.

I’m sorry I didn’t take note of the details of these pieces, but I believe the above sculpture and the one following, are from Papua New Guinea.

I think the above sculpture speaks for itself. A provocative form and presentation.

I’m not sure if this bench is part of the exhibit. There were two, and I suspect they are pieces designed in keeping with the theme.

Level 3 of the same building contained an impressive collection of European art expertly presented in a visually arresting physical space.

The European collection was easily my favorite.

Featured here is one of Mark Rothko’s paintings.

The exhibit appeared designed to produce equally stunning photographs.

A block away from the museum stood an abandoned diner. Given its charm and the ubiquity of diners in this city, it’s curious that this one was left neglected.

True to its home, the once celebrated, now aged, diner offers itself to film-makers looking to recreate old California charm.

Miles away in Beverly Hills, I happened upon a wonderful art bookstore.

The store specialized in full-color, oversized picture books on modern and contemporary painting, photography, architecture, and design.

Regretfully, my photographic collection is scanty and unrepresentative of what L.A. offers the eyes. But at least these angles and frames won’t fade from memory.

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