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Monday, March 26, 2007 - Dark Walls

Rain on the way, and that Raymond Chandler noir is back. It was time to visit his old neighborhood and soak up a bit of the mood.

The absurdly trendy Geisha House (Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee, photographed and mentioned before, and last week here). Philip Marlowe and Eddie Mars must be nearby - and General Sternwood's youngest daughter, Carmen, and the older sister, Vivien - the one with the sultry voice.

Geisha House (Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee)
Geisha House (Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee)

The Hollywood Center Building - Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee - the first home of the Screen Actors Guild and of the Writers Guild of America - 1929, by Norton and Wallis - an example of the subset of Art Deco know as Zigzag Moderne - "Zigzag Moderne developed from the classical-inspired designs of Bertram B Goodhue, the vertical Gothic schemes of Eliel Saarinen, the forms of the Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratif of 1925, and the early twenties designs of Frank Lloyd Wright."

The weather too is pure Paris - dark and rainy.

The Hollywood Center Building  - Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee
The Hollywood Center Building  - Hollywood Boulevard at Cherokee

The current state of things -

Graffiti roll-up door, 6700 Hollywood Boulevard
Brick nook, Hollywood Boulevard

This might well be where a scene from The Big Sleep was filmed, back in 1946 - some things don't change.

Modest Mouse Poster, Hollywood Boulevard

For what this about, here is a video.

Modest Mouse Poster, Hollywood Boulevard


Yellow blooms on pick and black wall, just off Hollywood Boulevard

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs 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. Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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