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

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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

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Wednesday, 1 November 2006
Architectural Note: Different Times
Topic: Architectural Notes
Architectural Note: Different Times

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Station Ten on Hawthorn Avenue, HollywoodThings were different in the thirties. The Great Depression had everyone turning to the government to help them survive. And the government responded with public works projects - the WPA and all. That meant roads, dams, all sorts of public buildings. If the economy was in the weeds, you could put people to work building things. Building out the infrastructure would do nicely. And it worked - people had jobs and the nation got what was needed to move the country dramatically forward.

The public buildings that went up at the time reflected the "we're all in this together" ethos in their Moderne style, and "the government is good" detailing. And they pointed toward a better future. Neoclassicism, Gothic, Arts and Crafts and Baroque all pointed backward to an earlier age, some romanticized vision of a more comforting past - and there was much of that built out here in Hollywood. That's what much of the movie industry was about. You see it in the elaborate movie palaces. But with the public works buildings there was no looking backward.

There's an example hidden in the middle of Hollywood - the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Station Ten on Hawthorn Avenue, a tiny side street just southeast of the Hollywood and Highland complex with its new Kodak Theater for the Oscars. It's an anonymous classic from a time long ago, now entirely out of place - no glitz, no nostalgia, nothing sly and clever, and certainly no cynicism about the future.

Things were different then.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Station Ten on Hawthorn Avenue, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Station Ten on Hawthorn Avenue, Hollywood


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Tuesday, 31 October 2006
Georgia Porches - Halloween in the South
Topic: Guest Photography
Georgia Porches - Halloween in the South
Two contributors to these pages, Phillips Raines and Rick, the News Guy, are in the Deep South, or, since we're talking the Atlanta area, that may be the New South. The photos below are from Phillips Raines, the writer, master mason and professional musician. You can put those in any order you wish. He's a master at all three, and a photographer. Here are Georgia porches, this Halloween.

"This house has pumpkins on the gable of an arched lattice porch. The sinister cats were props at a Kiss concert but have been put to work every Halloween for at least a decade. Usually little children must wait to trick or treat here because the cats are just too scary." - PR

Georgia porch, Halloween 2006 - This house has pumpkins on the gable of an arched lattice porch.  The sinister cats were props at a Kiss concert but have been put to work every Halloween for at least a decade. Usually little children must wait to trick or treat here because the cats are just too scary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front porch of Rick, the News Guy, as Phillip notes, most likely decorated by his wife, the CNN executive - "Note the balance of caution tape and spider webs juxtaposed by the architecture." There is, however, no scary Wolf Blitzer.

Georgia porch, Halloween 2006 - the CNN folks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A masonry note - "Behind a cats cradle of wires this two story porch rest beneath one of my chimneys built for a neighbor just a few doors up the street."

Phillip Raines - custom chimney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip Raines - custom chimney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and comments, Copyright © 2006 - Phillip Raines

Items by Phillip Raines in Just Above Sunset - Phillip Raines' comments on current events can be found scattered throughout Just Above Sunset and the web logs by using the recently revised search function.


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Updated: Tuesday, 31 October 2006 5:21 PM PST
Monday, 30 October 2006
The Mystery Man on Sunset Boulevard
Topic: Oddities
The Mystery Man on Sunset Boulevard
This place is full of disturbing images.

Stickers on a traffic sign on Sunset Boulevard - The Mystery Man on Sunset Boulevard


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Sunday, 29 October 2006
Sunset on Sunday
Topic: Technical Exercises
Sunset on Sunday
Sunset Boulevard, Sunday, October 29 - what catches the eye - studies in perspective -

Sunset Boulevard - billboard seen through grate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Boulevard - Morrison Hotel Gallery - Keith Richards photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Boulevard - stop sign


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Saturday, 28 October 2006
A Moody Shot
Topic: Light and Shadow
A Moody Shot
This was mistake - the settings on the Nikon were in the wrong place - but the effect is curious. This is a column on the old bank building on Hollywood Boulevard that is now the international headquarters pf the Church of Scientology.

A column on the old bank building on Hollywood Boulevard that is now the international headquarters pf the Church of Scientology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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