Saturday, October 27, 2007

Union Station (Revisted), Los Angeles

L.A. Snapshot concludes after a one year photographic tour of the Los Angeles area. I've returned safely to Union Station, the starting point of the journey and it's been a gratifying experience to share my views of L.A. with you. Thank you for taking the time to visit, and feel free to browse back through the archives. Also, I'd love to hear from you regarding L.A. Snapshot, and also about ideas for a photography series you'd like to see.
(Watch for a link to a new photography blog, beginning January 2008.)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Brentwood Gardens, Brentwood

Shopping is upscale at Brentwood Gardens on San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. The mini-mall includes 3 floors of shops, boutiques, services and restaurants.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rose Arbor, San Marino

It's a quiet afternoon in the Rose Arbor at Lacy Park in San Marino. Southern California residents have been staying indoors this week to avoid the poor air quality caused by the local fires.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Painted Building, Eagle Rock

The side of a building on Shearin Ave. at Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock is painted in a way that it kind of looks like a rug. The business at this location is a Pilates gym.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Twohey's Restaurant, Alhambra

Twohey's Restaurant in Alhambra is the "Home of the Little Stink-O", the mascot on their neon sign seen here. In business since 1943 and famous for their onion rings and sundaes, this restaurant used to have a car-hop service, but it was discontinued after remodeling in 1977.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Hotel Lobby, Monrovia

This is the lobby of the historic landmark Aztec Hotel on Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia. It was originally built in 1925 and has been undergoing restoration over the past several years.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Skyscraper, Los Angeles

The U.S. Bank Tower, also known as the Library Tower (across the street from the Central Library), is the 8th tallest skyscraper in the United States. It rises over 1,000 feet above the streets of Los Angeles.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Country Squire, Sierra Madre

This old (1955?) Ford Country Squire Wagon parked in an alley of Sierra Madre has seen better days, but may be someone's living space.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Church, La Verne

This United Methodist Church of La Verne is the same church used in the wedding scene of the 1967 movie The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Historic Garage, San Dimas

A scarecrow guards an old Ford at the entrance of the San Dimas Garage. Built in 1910, the garage on Bonita Ave. is a San Dimas historical landmark.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Padua Avenue, Claremont

Padua Avenue leads straight up to the base of the mountains above Claremont on the eastern edge of L.A. County.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Rooftop Cadillac, Los Angeles

This model Cadillac convertible, complete with a blonde "starlette", sits on the rooftop of one of the small eateries at St. Vincent Court, an old Los Angeles alley that has been designed to look like a Parisian street.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Beggar, Jewelry District

A beggar wearing an over-sized sombrero waits patiently for spare change on Broadway in the Jewelry District of Downtown Los Angeles.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Country Club, San Gabriel

Wine is served to guests at the San Gabriel Country Club in San Gabriel before a dinner presentation on heart disease by a local cardiologist.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Clifton's Cafeteria, Los Angeles

Clifton's Cafeteria has been serving meals in Downtown Los Angeles since 1931, and it appears to be stuck in a time warp. I have to admit that I had not been there in about 40 years, but when I walked in this afternoon it looked like it hadn't changed. They still offer "quality food at affordable prices", too.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Racks, Harbor Gateway

These metal racks are at the back of an industrial building on Torrance Blvd. in Harbor Gateway, a two-mile-wide corridor between Western and Normandie Avenues in south Los Angeles.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Residential Street, Ladera Heights

This view is from 55th St. and Holt Ave. in Ladera Heights, looking south. The row of buildings in the distance is along Century Blvd. near LAX.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Walk in the Park, Baldwin Hills

A nice day for a stroll in the park at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in the Baldwin Hills area of L.A.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Home Depot Center, Carson

The Home Depot Center is a sports complex in Carson with a soccer stadium, tennis stadium, event center (including a velodrome) and track & field facility.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Relaxing, Redondo Beach

A young woman relaxes on an uncrowded stretch of Redondo Beach during a beautiful Columbus Day on the West Coast.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Closed Entryway, Silver Lake

The locked entryway to this abandoned building on Vendome St. in Silver Lake was photographed earlier this year. So I don't know if the building is even standing anymore, but it's another piece of interesting architecture in L.A. that has been deserted.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Leprechaun, Pasadena

A leprechaun approaches the entrance to the Rose Bowl Stadium shortly before the start of the UCLA-Notre Dame college football game. The visiting Fighting Irish have not played in Pasadena for over 80 years, when they beat Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl Game.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Attention Grabber, Studio City

The unique sign on Ventura Blvd. grabs your attention as you pass Hand Car Wash in Studio City. The replica Corvette on top of the giant sponge and hand had to be lowered from its previous high perch due to a city ordinance.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Kiosk, Altadena

This photo kiosk in Altadena, called FotoBuster, is no longer in business. It's a standing relic of what used to be a popular and convenient way to get film processed and printed. The leader of this drive-thru industry was Fotomat, which once had over 4000 locations throughout the United States.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Alex Theatre, Glendale

The Alex Theatre has been hosting movies and performing arts in Glendale since 1925. It underwent a $6 million restoration after Glendale's Redevelopment Agency purchased the landmark theatre in 1992.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Traffic, Cahuenga Pass

The 101 Freeway and Cahuenga Blvd. carry traffic through the Cahuenga Pass at dusk in this view looking north towards the San Fernando Valley from the Mulholland Highway Bridge.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Solitary Fisherman, Arcadia

A fisherman has the lake all to himself at the Peck Road Water Conservation Park (a.k.a. Peck Park) in an unicorporated area of Arcadia.