LOS ANGELES (a.k.a. LA)
Driving into LA and soon the traffic slowed us down. Traffic congestion would bring me much frustration and delay.
We found a place to park and got on foot, on the Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP)
For some reason I had pictured the LACP as a much larger affair, perhaps because of the name.
They were in fact closed upon my visit, for Tuesdays is their cleaning day. But knocking on doors helped and I was allowed to have a look see of the photographs on display.
The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) was established as recent as in October 2013. Their mission statement includes ' .. providing education, scholarships, grants, exhibits, public programs and events, focused programming for youth and low-income families, and community outreach'.
The picture in my mind was more of a gallery rather than a center providing classes. Having said that, there was some excellent work on the walls here!
Visiting photo exhibitions, as I did last year in Tucson and Phoenix, did not work out for me in LA as the Fahey/Klein Gallery was in between exhibitions and the exhibitions in the Getty Center did not not tickle my creative imagination much. I had made a note of the Leica Gallery (at 8783 Beverly Blvd in W.Hollywood), but that visit was struck off because of lack of time and priorities.
Samy's Cameras had an excellent selection along the staircase, but obviously was only a limited number of photographs.
Hollywood Walk of Fame - The Beach Boys, Oliver Hardy.
This was on the corner of Sunset Blvd and Vine.
Walking on Sunset Blvd I could not resist getting some 'typical Downtown LA' photos, but my streetphotography
remained without any results during this trip as almost all of the time any travelling was done by car.
Surely this is a typical streetscene too. All seemed calm and under control.
Samy's Cameras in LA was our next stop. I was impressed with the amount of equipment for sale here, but
I only came for batteries and a nice, unobtrusive camera bag for my streetphotography and daytrips.
An adress to keep in mind!
Some high quality photography on the wall at Samy's
It was only a 15 minutes drive from Samy's to our motel, the Friendship Inn.
It had been hard to find affordable
accommodation in LA.
The one disadvantage here was that
the area was seriously short of nice dining places.
The Mexican restaurant
El Cholo was nice enough, though I did not like the mandatory valet parking there.
Time to get up, for the first full day in LA...
Skylight Books LA
Picked up a nice photobook on streetphotography, by Carrie Boretz. But found nothing from my shopping list.
Skylight Books consists of two stores next to each other, one a regular bookshop, the other for art- & photography books
The bookstore is in an area called Los Feliz, but we did not have time to explore it further on foot
I love street art and this was just around the corner, fine work, larger than life!
It was time to collect the car and proceed to our next stop.