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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me

These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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Friday, 14 July 2006
Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, 2006
Topic: Guest Photography
It's that day…
Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, was at the Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, with his camera. He sends nine photos, with notes. The full write-up and the shots in higher resolution will be in the new issue of Just Above Sunset this Sunday, the very day Los Angeles celebrates Bastille Day with a big celebration down on Wilshire at the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits (the French counsel in Los Angeles has a sense of humor).
Ric's notes from Friday, July 14, 2006, received at seven in the evening in Hollywood, but just before dawn the next day in Paris -
It seemed as if there were more folks out to see the free show this year. Arriving about forty-five minutes early, the entire place in front of the Ecole Militaire was already full. That meant that there were another 350,000 beyond that structure you see in the photos. Here are "before" photos and the event, and two afters" - new, the little blue lights in some photos, low down, are the blue windows of folks' phones. Looks like blue candles, like we were at a mass.

As usual everybody tried to leave at the same time. For the second time I walked home. Riding the métro to get there was enough. Music was old Mozart this year. Dunno what it was. Really, I would really prefer somebody like Slim Harpo.

And here they are -

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Photos (and text) Copyright © 2006 - Ric Erickson, MetropoleParis


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Updated: Friday, 14 July 2006 8:33 PM PDT
Thursday, 13 July 2006
Another Day in Paradise
Topic: Light and Shadow

Another Day in Paradise

Palm tree reflected in glassThese are sort of standard shots for the files - the sort of "commercial" photography that's suitable for brochures and the like. Perhaps that is a kind of iconography. You get what you expect and are reassured - Hollywood is palm trees and glass buildings where executives plan how the market the next fluff movie for the exact teenage demographic. Well, grown men do that out here, and drive home to Beverly Hills in their Bentleys and Porsches. It makes them rich. It's very odd.

This is Sunset Boulevard at Stanley Avenue.

But it's not exactly paradise. Everyone is hiding inside in the air-conditioned darkness. Hollywood has become unbearable.

The predicted high temperatures, July 14-16 - Friday through Sunday -

Downtown Los Angeles: 91, 95, 91
Pasadena: 100, 103, 100
Burbank: 97, 102, 98

Hollywood is hotter than downtown, but not as hot as Burbank. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an "extreme heat advisory" Thursday in light of high temperatures expected to continue through this weekend. It's like this -
The heat is expected to peak across the region on Saturday. High temperatures should rise above 100 degrees in most locations in the valleys and across lower elevations in the mountains. Temperatures in the Antelope Valley and in the hottest locations of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys will likely rise to between 105 and 110 degrees.

Relative humidities are expected to begin to rise on Saturday which could push heat index values to excessive heat warning levels across portions of southwestern California. Subtropical moisture is forecast to increase across Southern California by Sunday. That could spread some mid and high levels cloudiness into the region which would help bring temperatures down a bit.

There is a slight chance of thunderstorms across the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and in the Antelope Valley each afternoon and evening through Saturday... but such activity is expected to be rather isolated in nature. The increase in subtropical moisture across the area late in the weekend into next week will bring a greater threat of showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon into the middle of next week.

Charming. From the window here in Hollywood, would-be starlets at the pool -

Women by pool in Hollywood

 

 



















The palm tree is better as a negative. It's more unreal, and closer to the truth, or something.

Palm tree reflected in glass - working negative

 

 


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Updated: Thursday, 13 July 2006 10:40 PM PDT
Wednesday, 12 July 2006
Wings
Topic: Botanical Studies

Wings

Just two more botanical studies - late light (six in the evening), Stanley Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Tuesday, July 11, 2006 -

Bloom in the late light (six in the evening), Stanley Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Tuesday, July 11, 2006



Bloom in the late light (six in the evening), Stanley Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Tuesday, July 11, 2006



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Tuesday, 11 July 2006
Abstracts: Another World

Abstracts: Another World

Door of Dar Maghreb, Moroccan restaurant on Sunset Boulevard at Stanley Avenue, HollywoodGolden Door with Manhole Cover - Dar Maghreb, the high-end Moroccan restaurant on Sunset Boulevard at Stanley Avenue, on the east end of Guitar Row, across the street from Kinko's and All-American Burger. It's a bit out of place - behind it are blocks and blocks shady streets of Craftsman bungalows. This isn't exactly Casablanca, or Marrakech or Rabat. It's a moderately gritty part of Hollywood - one of the scruffy areas of Sunset, between the Strip and Hollywood proper. But this is the land of fakery. It will do. It is very classy, just in the wrong place.

Frommer's says this (among other things) -
Enter an exotic Arab world of genie waitresses who wash your hands with warm water and belly dancers who shimmy around an exquisite fountain in the center of a patio. You'll feel like a guest in an ornately tiled palace as you dine at traditional tables on either low sofas or goatskin cushions.

Nothing is available a la carte here. The fixed-price meal is a multi-course feast, starting with bread and traditional Moroccan salads, followed by b'stilla, an appetizer of shredded chicken, eggs, almonds, and spices wrapped in a flaky pastry shell and topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon. The main courses - your choice of lamb, quail, chicken, and more - are each sublimely seasoned and delectable. Perhaps it's the atmosphere that makes everyone eat more than they expected, but you'll be thankful that dessert is a simple fruit-and-nut basket, accompanied by warm mint tea poured into traditional glasses. All is eaten with your hands - a sensual experience that grows on you as the night progresses. Tip: If you have high-speed Internet access, be sure to check out the restaurant's most entertaining belly dancer/waitress video.
So click on the top link if you're interested in the dancers. Here is just an exercise in framing, patterns, and light and shadow. The door is on Stanley Avenue, facing west, as seen on Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at six in the evening.



Door of Dar Maghreb, Moroccan restaurant on Sunset Boulevard at Stanley Avenue, Hollywood



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Roof detail, Dar Maghreb, Moroccan restaurant on Sunset Boulevard at Stanley Avenue, Hollywood



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Dar Maghreb, Moroccan restaurant on Sunset Boulevard at Stanley Avenue, Hollywood




All-American Burger on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood


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Updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2006 7:51 PM PDT
Monday, 10 July 2006
Scary Stuff
Topic: Oddities

Scary Stuff

De L'Esprie - The Path of Life - Culver City Senior Center, Culver City, CaliforniaThe De L'Esprie "Path of Life" - commissioned for the Culver City Senior Center, July 2001, installed March 2003 - on Overland Avenue, across from the Sony Studios (formerly MGM). Inscription at the base - "Wisdom, maturity, joy, passion, and the exuberance for life that takes place every day within the walls of this fine structure are captured here forever in this bronze."

If only it weren't so frightening, and manic. Maybe it's the hyper-realism. Maybe it's the unrelenting cheerfulness, mixed with nothing else at all - no second thoughts, no sense of "mind" or anything like that. Maybe it's the "born again" business (see below), where the negative, or even the neutral, is something you just never acknowledge. Utter joy can be just as frightening as determined and pure malevolence. It's the purity, perhaps.

From the sculptor's website -
... Petite, brunette, and beautiful, De L' Esprie is an energetic, serious professional, one of the few living artists to be recognized and honored by the Laguna "Pageant of the Masters," who performed some of her various sculptures. In order to fully appreciate this amazing artist and her work, one has to experience them, be in their presence as it were, if only for a few moments.

Born in Montreal in the Province of Quebec, Canada, De L'Esprie comes by her talent naturally. Her mother is a painter, and her sister, a miniaturist (a sculptor, but in miniature form.) She grew up just outside the city of Montreal next to a Mohawk Indian Reservation.

... De L'Esprie attended California State University, Northridge and completed her degrees at Loyola University in Montreal. She first studied counseling and then business before turning to sculpture. Believing she could not make ends meet with art alone, De L'Esprie thought her business and counseling degrees would open doors to more lucrative employment. But then she realized her artwork was paying her way through university and could sustain her afterwards. After obtaining her degrees, she attended Brandis Art Institute taking both private and group classes over the course of four years.

... During this time of artistic exploration, De L'Esprie discovered truths about herself that changed her life forever. "I've always had a lot of nervous energy,"she explained. "I never felt like I belonged anywhere, always felt lonely, like there was something missing in my life. I spent most of my time chasing rainbows that didn't exist thinking they would fill that gap. Then I was introduced to a Messianic Jew, a woman who was born Jewish, but believes Jesus is the promised Messiah. She invited me to join her local Bible Study. When I read the Bible before, it never made any sense, but this time, God's word became alive in my heart. Between reading on my own and listening to the Bible Study teaching each week, I realized why my life had felt so empty. I needed Jesus Christ to bridge the gap between God and me so I could have peace within and peace with God as well.

"One day after class, I went to the mountains, climbed a hill, and spent the next two and a half hours praying to God. I confessed I was a sinner and owned up to every wrong thing I had ever done and believe me, there was a lot! Then I asked God to forgive and cleanse me from my sins, and that I wanted Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I haven't been the same since that day. All the feelings of loneliness, not fitting in, not having any purpose in life disappeared. I belong to Almighty God now, and He loves me as a precious daughter. My purpose in life is to give Him glory in all I say, do, and create. My days of chasing vain illusions are over. Now the only rainbows I seek are those in the sky after a rain shower."
The work is unsettling. The elderly who pass by it as they enter the senior center avert their eyes.

This woman's work is all over Southern California. Welcome to our nightmare.

De L'Esprie - The Path of Life - Culver City Senior Center, Culver City, California



De L'Esprie - The Path of Life - Culver City Senior Center, Culver City, California



De L'Esprie - The Path of Life - Culver City Senior Center, Culver City, California



De L'Esprie - The Path of Life - Culver City Senior Center, Culver City, California




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