Saturday, November 14, 2009

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

Today is the final installment of images from around L.A. in black and white.

Believe me when I say that I have plenty more pictures to share, but I think the images I've showcased so far are a nice representative spread of life in Los Angeles and the different areas, sights and arts that you can see every day.

Enjoy this new selection and be sure to check out L.A. life in mono part one and part two.

'Fight of Europa' fountain statue
Flight of Europa statue at Sunset and Vine
You'll find this intriguing sculpture with the angel whispering in the ear of bull-riding naked Europa at the corner of Sunset & Vine.

Beverly Hills sign
Beverly Hills Sign, Beverly Gardens Park
No matter the the time of day there's always someone lining up to get a picture with the Beverly Hills sign in Beverly Gardens Park. I managed to sneak this photo when the hordes of tourists were busy meandering down Rodeo Drive.

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
Ripley's Believe it or not museum
It's hard not to notice this dinosaur bursting through the roof of Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum on the corner of Hollywood and Highland.

Venice Beach
Venice Beach palms in mono
The palm trees, the sandy shores, the houses lining the beach, you have to admit Venice Beach looks quite iconic in black and white.

Magic Castle Hotel and Club
Magic Hotel Castle Club in mono
You'll find this fairytale inspired Magic Castle Hotel and Club on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, where you can stay, dine and be entertained by the world's best magicians.

Palm Springs wind turbines
Palm Springs wind turbines in mono
Although not technically in Los Angeles, Palm Springs has been a part of our L.A. adventures and I love the uniformity of these wind turbines against the rugged mountains in the background.

'Running Man' sculpture
Elisabeth Frink's Running Man sculpture in mono
You'll find this fantastic bronze sculpture by Elisabeth Frink in the Sculpture Garden at The Getty Center. I love both the sculpture itself and the architecturally landscaped space it's displayed within.

The Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard
The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd
The Comedy Store in West Hollywood has been a permanent fixture on the Sunset Strip since April 1972.

Pacific Park on Santa Monica's Pier
Santa Monica Pier Pacific Park
You'll find this ferris wheel at Pacific Park fun-fair on Santa Monica's historic Pier.

The Getty Villa
The Getty Villa, Malibu in mono
The mock-Roman Getty Villa in Malibu is an amazing place to spend a few hours wandering around its art collections and grounds under the beautiful Californian sky.

Kermit The Frog
Kermit the Frog muppet in mono
You'll find Kermit The Frog wearing his Charlie Chaplin inspired outfit at the Jim Henson Company Headquarters (which once housed the Charlie Chaplin Studios) on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, just south of Sunset Blvd.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall Downtown LA
I think Frank Gehry's spectacular curved wall concert hall in Downtown L.A. is one of Los Angeles architectural highlights.

Paradise Cove
Paradise Cove sign, Malibu
The private beach at Paradise Cove in Malibu is a great place to relax, grab a bite to eat at the Beach Cafe and maybe even spot some celebrities.

B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden at LACMA
LACMA B Gerald Cantor sculpture garden
Filled with wonderful Bourdelle and Rodin bronze sculptures, the outdoor palm sculpture garden at LACMA was designed by Robert Irwin, who is also responsible for The Getty Center's Central Garden.

Arrival Plaza at The Getty Center
Getty Center arrival plaza in mono
It's hard not to find something interesting to take a photo of at The Getty Center with it's wonderful architecture, sculptures and gardens.

Poolside at Mondrian's Sky Bar
Poolsie at Mondrian Sky Bar
The pool at The Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Boulevard is tres chic and has great views of L.A. by day and night.

Hollywood & Highland Center
Hollywood & HIghland center fountains
Can you believe I totally missed the giant elephants on the pillars the first few times I visited the Hollywood & Highland Center. I suppose it helps if you look up once in a while.

Helms Bakery
Helms Bakery Culver City
The Helms Bakery in Culver City is a bit of a local landmark as it operated from 1931 to 1969 Culver City and despite never having been sold in stores is well known for its fresh baked products. The site is now home to a collection of furniture retailers.

'Herakles the Archer' sculpture
Bourdelle's Bronze Herakles The Archer sculpture
You'll find this heroic specimen by Bourdelle at LACMA's sculpture garden. You can even see this striking sculpture if you look up as you drive by on Wilshire Blvd.

Gilmore Heritage Auto Show 2008
Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at The Farmers Market
The gleaming classic cars in this picture help give it a vintage feel and were photographed at The Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at The Farmers Market in June 2008.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Musical
Creature from the Black Lagoon musical
I included this picture as it looks so fun in black and white and somehow appropriate as the original film was a horror classic from 1954. More recently it's resurfaced at Universal Studios Hollywood in the form of a new stage musical attraction.

The Central Garden at The Getty Center
The Getty Center Central Garden in mono
Robert Irwin's Central Garden at The Getty looks amazing whether viewed from above or standing within the gardens themselves.

Astronomers Monument at The Griffith Observatory
Astronomers Monument at Griffith Observatory
The large concrete Astronomers Monument sculpture on the front lawn of The Griffith Observatory was completed in 1934. It was designed by local artist Archibald Garner and five other artists, each responsible for one astronomer, including George Stanley who sculpted the infamous 'Oscar' statuette (from a design by Cedric Gibbons) in 1928.

Beach houses along the Malibu coast
Beach houses along the Malibu coast
All my friends who have visited Malibu have been surprised by how it's not like a typical town, with a centre and streets you can walk down. I think to really enjoy Malibu you need to own one of these beach front houses with their private beaches and spectacular ocean views.

The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica
Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica
I'll leave you now with a taste of Art Deco architecture from Santa Monica's Ocean Avenue, The Georgian Hotel built in 1933.

I hope you've enjoyed these glimpses of L.A. as I've experienced in so far. I've really enjoyed looking back through my library of images and experimenting in black and white to see this sprawling city (and county) in a different light.

I don't think this will be the last time you'll be seeing my adventures in mono...

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