Wednesday, May 20, 2015

House of Blues Sunset Soon to Join The King

Hollywood -- I covered a set of a good friend recently at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd. Sadly, the bouncer told me the building was sold and they were going to be out of a job by July 2015.

RIP House of Blues and BB King.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

JT Cobb and His Estate

Altadena -- Springtime brings beautiful, late afternoon sun, warm evenings and the smell of star jasmine. A perfect recipe to shoot portraits!

My wife and I were out scouting locations a few weeks back. During our late-afternoon location safari, we thought we would pop off a few fun shots of each other. We even brought props (the hat).

No, I'm not really as tough as this photo may look -- I'm even tougher. Watch out Paul Hogan! (and yes, Paul is alive despite the recent internet hoax of his death going around)

My beautiful wife is there on the right.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Avery Building

Pasadena Magazine has a good writeup on this architectural icon--I don't. All I know it that the building inspires me, especially on a beautiful, Spring afternoon.

I pass by the abandoned building every day while taking my son to school. Last Friday, I thought I would

Friday, May 8, 2015

Living Up To The Name

Bad Water -- Two hundred and eight-three feet below sea level. This is Death Valley, where LA thrill-seekers, adventurers and edgy vacationers go to be a little different from the rest.

I took this photo of my buddy Dean, who thought it would be cool to lay down on the road. There were no cars in sight except for our two, VW Westfalias.

In the mid 80s, my buddies and I used to travel all over California to explore back roads, hidden desert canyons and ghost towns. In those days, I was a full-time photographer averaging about $7.50 per hour. The VW van was my transportation and hotel room. I would not have traded those days anything.

Of course, when I was on assignment, my publisher would give me 3 rolls of Kodachrome 64 and ten rolls of Tri-X 400. On trips like this, I shot an entire weekend with a single roll of 64 and two rolls of Tri-X, as seen above.