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Thursday, October 25, 2007 – Storefronts

The day – the oppressively hot, smoke-filled air perfectly still, and it was ninety by noon. It was dry as a bone – you could taste the ash in the air. Nothing moved. The Santa Ana winds died, but the immense fires from the Mexican border to the tops of the mountains that separate Southern California from the rest of America burned on, so the high layer of smoke from horizon to horizon masked the dim sun.  It was pretty much a day of twilight. Joan Didion – "Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse…."  Some days it is.  Consider Sunset Boulevard between Sierra Bonita and Garner, down on Hollywood's Guitar Row.  Think Edward Hopper, jumped up a few notches, for Hollywood.

Baby Melt - Sunset Boulevard
Neely Guitars, Sunset Boulevard

The guitar girl is quite still.

Guitar Girl - Sunset Boulevard

LA Aroma Therapy (forgive the heavy visual irony) –

Vista Aroma Therapy, Sunset Boulevard

Ominous doors –

Chinese figure on storefront door, Sunset Boulevard
Chinese figure on storefront door, Sunset Boulevard
Stickers on storefront door, Sunset Boulevard
Stickers on storefront door, Sunset 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.


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