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Friday, July 18, 2008 Darker Sunshine

Sometimes when you shoot in full sunshine and catch the deep shadows, you unwittingly discover an underlying and somewhat disturbing darkness a sort of ominous subtext to life in Los Angeles. Things seem bright enough, but a tad alienating.  Los Angeles is like that. Consider the clock tower in Santa Monica 1930, Stiles O. Clements, all Zigzag Moderne

The clock tower in Santa Monica - 1930, Stiles O. Clements, Zigzag Moderne

And a flower in the shade

Giant flower picture on red brick wall, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Odd banners in full sunshine, hanging over the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Banner hanging over the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica - Fire
Banner hanging over the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica - Darkness

In a Raymond Chandler's Bay City - in "Farewell My Lovely" - the Central Tower Building on Fourth in Santa Monica, from 1928, stands in for City Hall. In the sunshine it's a bit scary in its brutality.

Central Tower Building, 1524 4th Street, Santa Monica

The final exit a strange rooftop in the sun

Santa Monica rooftop - exit sign

And you have your saints, isolated under glass

Saints in garden window, Santa Monica

And to scare the kids, a metal dragonfly on the local water fountain

Metal dragonfly on the Santa Monica water fountain

Oh yeah, in case you didn't know, this is the end of the road.

Route 66 sign, Santa Monica
The clock tower in Santa Monica - 1930, Stiles O. Clements, Zigzag Moderne

Your photographer's self-portrait, as he snaps a shot of the emptiness of it all

Vendor stall on the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

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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.

[Darker Sunshine]

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