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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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Visitors from February 28, 2006, 10:00 am Pacific Time to date -


Tuesday, 18 July 2006
Just what it should look like...
Topic: Oddities
Just what it should look like...
When I grow up I want to be a reporter, or maybe an editor so I can shout to my Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson or Clark Kent the words, "Great Caesar's ghost!" And maybe I'd work in cool newspaper building, like this one, where the LA Weekly is put together each week, down on Sunset Boulevard. That's our alternative paper out here. Unfortunately, there's new management at Village Voice Media, the owners, and they cleaned house, getting rid of a lot of good people and laying down the law - no more left-leaning poltical analyses or hard news coverage, just stick to the arts and the local scene and alternative lifestyle stuff (read about that here).

But still, it's a cool building. And they haven't painted over the public "mission statement" yet.

LA Weekly offices, Sunset Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LA Weekly offices, Sunset Boulevard


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Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2006 7:41 PM PDT
Monday, 17 July 2006
Morning Light on Walls
Topic: Color Studies
Morning Light on Walls

Temptations, next to Foreplay (actually Forplay), on Hollywood Boulevard - provocative lingerie and outrageous "clubwear" for the sweet young things to wear to the local hot places, and note on the right the rabbit-as-American-flag with a big white star. It's America. It's Hollywood.

In the morning light - nine in the morning July 15 - it makes a nice composition of colors and textures. And there are no tourists - everything is closed and the center of Hollywood is still asleep.

Temptations, next to Foreplay, on Hollywood Boulevard


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Updated: Monday, 17 July 2006 11:48 PM PDT
Sunday, 16 July 2006
Bastille Day, Los Angeles
Topic: Unusual Events
Bastille Day, Los Angeles

We all know that Philippe Larrieu, Counsel General of France in Los Angeles, and city councilman Tom LaBonge (his real name, actually), mean well, but this year's Bastille Day Los Angeles, down on the grounds of the Page Museum and next to the La Brea Tar Pits, was a bust.  It wasn't so much that it was one hundred degrees in the shade - and there wasn't much of that - or that the nearby tar pits made the whole place smell like hot asphalt.  It just wasn't very French. 

Our Paris-born friend of many long years said something was missing.  She was right.  The booths were mostly local American outfits, offering "French-like" doodads, or just the usual junk.  Oh there were a few Tahiti tourist tables, TV5 that provides French language broadcasting out here, some Moroccan food stands, and the local pétanque folks with a small area for boules (probably not sanctioned the Fédération Française de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal).  There was the same old black thirties Citroën from last year parked on the lawn.  But the stage was local rappers and South Seas acts, all in English.  They seemed to be having trouble getting anyone to run in the hokey waiters' race.  Paris, the center and soul of France, was a long, long way off on Sunday afternoon, July 16, 2006.
 

But what was missing?  Flags.  There was not one French flag anywhere, not even the small ones.  Nothing, nada, rien.  
 

We left early.  What was the point in staying?
 

Five shots will give you a sense of the event -

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 Bastille Day, Los Angeles, 2006


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Updated: Sunday, 16 July 2006 8:15 PM PDT
Saturday, 15 July 2006
Hollywood in One Shot
Topic: Insider Stuff
Hollywood in One Shot
All of Hollywood summed up in one shot - an alley on Wilcox, behind the Hollywood Studio Building, an old Spanish Revival thing (1927) on the boulevard, Saturday morning, July 15. The details say it all.

All of Hollywood summed up in one shot - an alley on Wilcox, behind the Hollywood Studio Building, an Spanish Revival thing (1927) on the boulevard, Saturday morning, July 15


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Updated: Saturday, 15 July 2006 6:33 PM PDT
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 -

Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, 2006


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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