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Friday, August 17, 2007 Sunset Heat

It's hot everywhere in America.  It's August after all.  On Sunset Boulevard, down on Guitar Row, Gardner to La Brea, it was in the mid-nineties by noon. The sun hurt.  No one was about, but for a mini-van of tourists. The locals know better.  Of course it was fifteen degrees hotter on the other side of the Hollywood Hills, Studio City out to Burbank, but this was hot enough, thank you.  The images match the heat, like this wall in an alley off Sunset.

"Angry Sun" mural in an alley off Sunset. Boulevard
Brickwork in an alley off Sunset. Boulevard

Looking cool, the local Moroccan restaurant

Moroccan restaurant gold door, Sunset Boulevard
Moroccan restaurant gold door, Sunset Boulevard
Red sticker on pole, Sunset Boulevard

At the Moroccan corner

White sticker on pole, Sunset Boulevard

Across the street  

Neon spaceman reading atomic book, toy store, Sunset Boulevard

Samuel French Books, specializing in film at theater volumes, Sunset Boulevard

Samuel French Books, specializing in film at theater volumes, Sunset Boulevard , window display, August 2007
Tattoo Parlor, Sunset Boulevard - redhead

"Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has also gained notoriety as a red-light district for its large amount of prostitution, drag queens and other unusual activity, especially at night. Though this type of activity went on for many years, especially around Western Avenue, in the 1970s the area between Gardner Street and La Brea Avenue became seedy and afflicted with street prostitution that continues to a lesser extent to the present day. It was at the corner of Sunset and Courtney Avenue that actor Hugh Grant pulled over and picked up prostitute Divine Brown in the early morning of June 27, 1995. He then drove a few blocks east and parked at the corner of Curson and Hawthorn Avenues. Police arrested him and the prostitute for lewd conduct in a public place and he was later fined $1,200."

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