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

Signs and Symbols

 The world as seen from Just Above Sunset -

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

These two shots seem to be suffused with symbolism, but it's hard to figure out what is it.  The man working is covering all that peace stuff with cheery blue skies, on Thursday, September 14, a dreary and dark afternoon in Los Angeles. The location is Sunset Boulevard at Formosa. It must mean something. It probably doesn't.

Billboard work on Sunset Boulevard

The location is famous, sort of.  Out here we have an odd sense of what makes for historical significance. This will have to do.  The spectator is watching the billboard work.

Famous Amos Square, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

Directly across the street, the ineffable sadness of Los Angeles - a palm tree that makes you want to shoot yourself for ending up out here, at the end of the world. Perhaps that's what George Reeves was thinking.

Mid-century apartment building, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

Here are angry signs, up on Selma in central Hollywood

Posters on Selma in central Hollywood

You know the rest of the quote, hidden here on Cahuenga, a few feet north of Sunset -


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.

[Signs and Symbols]

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