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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, 1 December 2006
Santa as Voyeur
Topic: Oddities

Santa as Voyeur

"He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he know if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness' sake." He's a bit strange. This is part of the Christmas display at Bijan on Rodeo Drive - a little bit ominous. Christmas is strange out here. Irving Berlin was so freaked out by it he wrote "White Christmas" while sunning himself at a pool one December in 1940 about a mile north of this Santa (check out the verse).

Peeping Tom Santa, part of the Christmas display at Bijan on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peeping Tom Santa, part of the Christmas display at Bijan on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bijan, at 420 Rodeo Drive, is the single most expensive store in the world. You must make an appointment in advance to shop at Bijan (which was named after its Iranian owner). On a typical visit, Bijan's average customer spends about a hundred grand on men's fashions, which range from fifty dollar pairs of socks to the fifteen thousand dollars suits.

Suzy Menkes in the International Herald Tribune on 27 November says Rodeo Drive is so last decade. The important center of fashion is now Melrose Place - "The intimacy of Melrose Place compares to the bustling, youth-oriented Robertson Boulevard, a five-minute drive away, and the glossy plate glass and palm trees of Rodeo Drive (which has chandeliers as its Christmas lights)." She quotes Bill Blass when he found an old house on Melrose Place he could buy - "I had my eyes on Melrose Place for four years and then this house came up. I think it is very chic and I am in love with this space. It is going to be the most important street in fashion. Rodeo Drive is for tourists." Blass' place opened last month. Note that Melrose Place is just around the corner from Trashy Lingerie.

This is an odd town.


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Thursday, 30 November 2006
We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Topic: Light and Shadow

We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Thursday, November 30, 2006 elsewhere -
Storms that roared through the Northwest and Rockies earlier in the week blew into the southern Plains and Midwest on Thursday, bringing the first significant ice and snow of the season. A man was killed in a crash on an icy Oklahoma road.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings from Texas to Illinois for Thursday and in some northern areas through noon Friday. Some parts of eastern Kansas were forecast to get up to 12 inches of snow, while others braced for more than an inch of ice.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, Santa Monica, California, late afternoon -

Bicyclist, Palisades Park, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beach, from Palisades Park, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beach, from Palisades Park, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pampas grass and rockets, Palisades Park, Santa Monica


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Wednesday, 29 November 2006
The Joy of War
Topic: Social Commentary

The Joy of War

The façade above the military surplus store on Hollywood Boulevard - make of it what you will. Think "blond bombshell" or something.

The bomb lady on Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bomb lady on Hollywood Boulevard


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Tuesday, 28 November 2006
No One Can Outrun Their Destiny
Topic: Light and Shadow

No One Can Outrun Their Destiny

Late light on the apocalyptic billboards on the Sunset Strip, at Sunset Plaza - late afternoon, Tuesday, November 28, 2006 -

Mel Gibson billboard, Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel billboard, Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess billboard, Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billboards, Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood


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Monday, 27 November 2006
All Clean
Topic: Light and Shadow

All Clean

Monday, November 27, 2006 - light rain in the middle of the night, lasting through the early morning, then things cleared out. Los Angeles is all clean. In order - looking north from Mulholland Drive, the city from high over Hollywood, the sun setting over the Hollywood Hills, and the half-moon.

The view north from Mulholland Drive, at the Universal City overlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles as seen from the Hollywood overlook on Mulholland Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The sun setting over the Hollywood Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half-moon over Hollywood

 

 


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