Just Above Sunset
Volume 5, Number 10
March 11, 2007

Graphics as Culture

 The world as seen from Just Above Sunset -

"Notes on how things seem from out here in Hollywood..."

Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, offers a glance into graphic design with his weekly shots of the posters in the kiosks there. See This Week's Paris Posters I, This Week's Paris Posters II, and This Week's Paris Posters III from his last issue for examples of what Parisians see as they're out and about.  You get a sense of what's going on there, and there are some startling images.

Hollywood has a different flavor.  This is not the center of high fashion or deep thoughts.  This is the world of glitz and tackiness, and strange dreams.  The graphics you see on Hollywood Boulevard reflect that.

The front door of the Geisha House -

The front door of the Geisha House - Hollywood Boulevard

Tinkerbelle's Timex

Tinkerbelle's Timex

This week's odd posters -

Poster - Hollywood Boulevard
Poster - Hollywood Boulevard
Poster - Hollywood Boulevard

The smokers' corner -

Smoke shop - Hollywood Boulevard
Smoke shop - Hollywood Boulevard

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.

[Graphics as Culture]

Last updated Saturday, March 10, 2007, 10:30 pm Pacific Time

All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 - Alan M. Pavlik