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Monday, May 19, 2008 Anything Can Happen

Los Angeles at least the part up here around Hollywood can be a nightmare place. It's the heat. See "Red Wind," a 1938 Raymond Chandler short story, published in Trouble Is My Business (1939) -

    There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Ana's that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen.

A hot and bone-dry Monday afternoon, down on Melrose Avenue

Orange face on black wall, alley graffiti, Melrose Avenue
Larva on fence, alley graffiti, Melrose Avenue
Green Eyes, alley graffiti, Melrose Avenue
Babe on Black Brick, alley graffiti, Melrose Avenue
Blue wall and white bearded face, alley graffiti, Melrose Avenue
Woman piercing arm, alley graffiti, Melrose Avenue

Dancers on a color wall

Abstract dancers perhaps, alley graffiti, Melrose Avenue
Palm Floodlight, alley graffiti, Melrose Avenue
Red Army, Mao's Kitchen, Melrose Avenue

All art is good

Homage to Andy Warhol - poster, Melrose Avenue

The milieu very Raymond Chandler

Never Owl - the "Never Open" store, Melrose Avenue
Yellow blooms on chain-link fence

And technology brings no wisdom

Computer sticker, Melrose Avenue
Stickers on dumpster, Melrose Avenue alley - Wisdom

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Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

[Anything Can Happen]

All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 - Alan M. Pavlik