Thursday, November 12, 2009

L.A. life in mono - Part one...

I was inspired the other day by my experiments with monochromatic puppy pictures, so I thought I'd apply the same principal to my growing library of images of Los Angeles and present a selection of standout photographs in black and white.

The pictures include famous landmarks, eye-catching sculptures and everyday life around L.A.

Urban Light at LACMA
Urban Light at LACMA in mono
You'll find this installation by Chris Burden of 202 vintage streetlamps from around L.A. outside LACMA on Wilshire blvd.

Sprawling Los Angeles in summer
Los Angeles summer sprawl in mono
Not only can you see the Hollywood Bowl's outdoor amphitheater seating in the foreground of this photograph, but you can also see the teeming freeways and Downtown L.A. in the distance.

Fireworks at The Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl fireworks in mono
These fireworks were the climax of an evening of Prokofiev at the Hollywood Bowl in July this year.

Mammoths at the La Brea Tar Pits
La Brea Tar Pit mammoths in mono
You'll find these mammoths in natural tar in front of the Page Museum, home of L.A.'s world famous fossils in Hancock Park, along Wilshire Blvd.

'Gestation III' sculpture
Gestation III wood sculpture by Baile Oakes 1991 Palisades Park
I love this wonderful spherical wooden sculpture by Baile Oakes from 1991 and you can see it in Palisades Park in Santa Monica.

'Spirit of Burbank' Lockheed jet monument
Spirit of Burbank Lockheed jet
You can find this monument to the Lockheed aviation industry that used to call Burbank its home along Olive Avenue.

Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood globe in mono
You'll find this iconic rotating world globe logo at the entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood. Good luck at getting a good picture as there are always hordes of tourists having the photograph taken in front of it to commemorate their visit to the theme park.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier in mono
Santa Monica's Pier celebrated 100 years in September 2009.

Cinerama Dome
Cinerama Dome Sunset Blvd
The Cinerama Dome along Sunset Blvd opened in 1963 and its geodesic doomed roof comprised 316 precast concrete panels.

ArcLight Hollywood cinema foyer
ArcLight Hollywood foyer in mono
I love the design of ArcLight Hollywood's foyer as it's so light and airy and you can easily see what cinema screen your film is showing in on the 'departure board'.

'The Drummer' sculpture
The Drummer sculpture in mono at Beverly Gardens Park
You'll find this fantastic bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan in Beverly Gardens Park in Beverly Hills, across the road from the infamous designer fashion district, Rodeo Drive.

Capitol Records Building
Capitol Records Tower in mono
You'll find this iconic tower on the corner of Hollywood & Vine.

Queen Mary and Scorpion Submarine
Queen mary and Scorpion Submarine at Long Beach
At the Long Beach Seaport not only will you find the retired Queen Mary ocean liner, but also docked beside it a decommissioned Russian submarine.

'Seat of Design' at Pacific Design Center
Seat of Design at The Pacific Design Center
At the corner of Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Blvd you'll find this enormous metal chair sculpture, the Seat of Design, standing sentry outside the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

Griffith Observatory
Runyon Canyon view of The Griffith Observatory
This is the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park viewed from Runyon Canyon, Cooper's favourite dog walking trail.

The Farmers Market
Farmers Market clock tower in mono
The Farmers Market which celebrated 75 years at Third and Fairfax this year, became home of the Clock Tower in 1941 and it was relocated to its current position in 2002.

'Babylon Court' at Hollywood & Highland Center
Hollywood and HIghland Center in mono
You'll find this replica of 'The Babylon Gate' from D.W. Griffith's silent epic 'Intolerance' at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Hollywood Boulevard.

Venice Beach Promenade
Busy Venice Beach in mono
The Venice Beach Promenade is always bustling with tourists, street performers and people wanting to sell you things.

City Hall in Downtown L.A.
City Hall in Downtown LA in mono
Los Angeles City Hall was completed in 1928 and can be found in the Civic Center district of Downtown L.A. At 454 feet high it was the tallest building in L.A. until 1964.

The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign in mono
And last but not least for today. It's interesting seeing the infamous Hollywood Sign, which perches on Mount Lee, in black and white as I think it evokes the days of 'Old Hollywood'.

I hope you've found this collection of images in mono interesting. I think you'll agree seeing them in black and white makes you look at them with a different perspective and gives the pictures an almost vintage feel, especially those featuring architecture.

Come back tomorrow for more of L.A. in mono...

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