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Southern California Photography, September 2008


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Tuesday, September 23, 2008 On the Economy

It's probably true what you notice depends on what's on your mind. On the day when all morning you could watch the first of the hearings on the proposed massive bailout to save the economy, it was probably not a good idea to cut across Melrose Avenue on the way to the store.  No one much likes the idea of the bailout.

But it was Herbert Hoover's Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, who said this as America plunged into the Great Depression:

    Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wrecks from less competent people.

So you notice the big hobo for sale at the curio shop, across the street from Armageddon Shoes.  Some rich person will eventually buy it, as a kind of joke.

Hobo figure for sale at the curio shop on Melrose Avenue, across the street from Armageddon Shoes
Hobo figure for sale at the curio shop on Melrose Avenue, across the street from Armageddon Shoes
Hobo figure for sale at the curio shop on Melrose Avenue, across the street from Armageddon Shoes
Hobo figure for sale at the curio shop on Melrose Avenue, across the street from Armageddon Shoes

Speaking of Wall Street

Porky Pig figure for sale at the curio shop on Melrose Avenue

Out back, someone's mobile home

"Eye" graffiti and shopping cart in alley off Melrose Boulevard

And everything seems ominous

Graffiti bird's eye
Graffiti bird's eye with flames
Graffiti bomb and spotlights
Graffiti lotus blossom
Ape on black wall

How we got into this mess

Poster - "Inept" - Melrose Avenue
Hobo figure for sale at the curio shop on Melrose Avenue, across the street from Armageddon Shoes

And the hobo's dog

Hobo figure for sale at the curio shop on Melrose Avenue, across the street from Armageddon Shoes - dog
"Be" section of CBS [Can't Be Stopped] mural, Melrose Avenue
Sidewalk art, Melrose Avenue

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.


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