Tweet Totally random selection of photos today. Enjoy!
Tweet No theme today. Just a random collection of fun photos. Enjoy!
Tweet Karen and I attended our niece Ariella’s wedding in Israel two weeks ago. It was a quick trip, just four days, but it was still enough to create a lifetime’s worth of memories.
Tweet Somehow, it seems appropriate to publish these old photos today. “Over one-hundred and twenty years ago the Johnstown Flood killed 2209 people. The bodies of 900 victims were never recovered. “The Pennsylvania flood had both natural and human origins. A powerful storm delivered six to ten inches of rain in twenty-four hours. Then the [...]
Tweet Automobiles represent freedom. You climb into a car and go, go, go, whenever and wherever you want. The car is modern man’s most potent symbol of, and path to liberty. Contrast cars with trains. Trains and subways are an expression of the collective. Individual identity is erased. You are at the mercy of a [...]
Also posted in Colleen Moore, High Speed Rail, Hollywood, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Stars and Cars, William Powell
Tagged Abraham Lincoln, Al Jolson, Buck Jones, Buick, Cadillac, Cadillac Phaeton, Carl Brisson, Colleen Moore, Deusenberg, Freedom, Gary Cooper, Harold Lloyd, Isotta Fraschini, Jazz Singer, Mercedes, Mildren Davis, Open Road, Packard Special, Stepin Fetchit
Tweet Last night’s Vice-Presidential debate was most notable for the optics delivered to the public. No matter what the candidates said, their style conveyed a powerful message. Joe Biden, a bombastic wind-bag, smirked, snarled, rolled his eyes, laughed, and displayed contempt for Congressman Ryan. In contrast, young Paul Ryan was dignified, earnest, polite, respectful and [...]
Tweet Here are some more pink shoes Lielle has her eyes on.
Tweet It’s been quite a week. The RNC took center stage with a powerful message calling for a return to constitutional values, support for Israel, and a resounding rejection of the collectivist, big government tyranny being imposed by the current, extremist regime. Hurricane Isaac brought disaster to some communities in the Big Easy, while Obama [...]
Tweet Wandering around my beautiful neighborhood recently, I’ve noticed lots of blue. Always on the lookout for compelling Friday Photos, I decided that blue would be a fun theme. And then, once I made that decision, all I saw was blue: blue cars, blue buildings — you name it, it’s blue. I suppose the same [...]
Also posted in Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson
Tagged art, blue things, Jewish Swiss Army Knife, Los Angeles, Photography, robin rose, The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough, Your Blue-Eyed Boy
Tweet Summer vacation. Seraphic Secret spent time in Yosemite and not long afterwards, Offspring #2 and family arrived in Los Angeles for a two-week vacation. Activities included a wedding at the Terranea Resort, day trips to museums, playgrounds, and swimming in Casa Avrech’s cement pond. Vacation time is almost over, but our memories will last [...]
Tweet Maayan Ariel and I were playing together in the courtyard when she asked me about the flag flying outside our home. “It means we’re proud of our country, proud to be Americans.” “I’m proud too,” she said with solid conviction. “A proud American girl.” “Take a picture, Saba.” (Hebrew: grandfather) “Okaaay!” Karen and I [...]
Tweet Hollywood’s Golden Age, from the 20′s to the late thirties, was a dream factory. And glamour was the dream that was sold in every frame of every film. Studios tightly controlled the image of the stars they groomed and promoted, presenting them as glittering jewels, untouched and unsullied by the daily concerns of ordinary [...]
Tweet Karen and I slipped away to Yosemite for a brief vacation. In the old days, I used to shlep an SLR and half a dozen lenses. Now I just use my iPhone. The truth is the best camera is the one you use and my iPhone, for better or worse, is always there like [...]
Tweet Stars are not born; they are created through a long and tortuous process of trial and error. When conjuring our favorite star we remember an iconic image that captures that personae. When we think of Jean Harlow we see her glowing platinum hair, a fetching body draped in silk, and a come hither look [...]
Tweet For as long as fashion has existed, animal metaphors have been an indispensible part of the designers language. Hollywood, during its golden age, a leading arbiter of taste, heightened and refined the animal metaphor with brilliant costume designers turning ravishing movie stars into expressions of animal desire.
Also posted in Friday Fashion, Friday Footwear, Hollywood, Myrna Loy, Silent Movies, Travis Banton
Tagged Adrian, Carole Lombard, Cleopatra, Evelyn Brent, Greta Garbo, Joan Blondell, Joan Crawford, Josef von Sternberg, Letty Lynton, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Kalloch, Shanghai Express, The Torrent, Theda Bara, Twentieth Century, Underworld
Tweet Hypothetical question: Your house is on fire. Everyone is safe. You can run in and rescue one item. What will it be? The answer, overwhelmingly, is family photos. We are the sum of our memories. Photos help us capture time and space, preserve moments that otherwise would be lost. I seek the ordinary, the [...]
Also posted in Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson, Photography, Signs
Tagged Andy Hardy, Beverlywood, graffiti, Los Angeles, Ma'ayan Ariel, Photography, Shabbat, Street Photography
Tweet Los Angeles is built for the automobile. But I make it my business to walk around, exploring unexpected corners of my neighborhood. Behind the wheel of a car the world whooshes past in a blur. But on foot I have the opportunity to focus on the deliciously ordinary. All photos were taken with my [...]
Tweet No overiding theme today. Just random photos of whatever struck my fancy at any given moment.
Tweet During Hollywood’s golden era studio photographers churned out thousands of photographs that created the iconography of glamour by which Hollywood stars were defined. There was a library of poses and props that photographers used in order to create and refine particular images. Who can forget Hurrell’s shimmering portrait of Jean Harlow in a skin-tight [...]
Also posted in Hollywood
Tagged Audrey Hepburn, Buster Keaton, Carole Lombard, Corinne Griffith, Doris Day, Hollywood Glamour, Mae Clarke, Margaret Sullavan, Margaret Sullivan, Marilyn Monroe, Pola Negri, Stars and their pets
Tweet America has long had a love affair with the automobile. Cars are the ultimate expression of form, function, fashion—and speed. But most of all the car represents freedom. Try and remember when you were a teenager yearning for your driver’s license so you could hop into daddy’s car and go, go, go. It didn’t [...]
Also posted in Hollywood, Stars and Cars
Tagged Abraham Lincoln, Cadillac, Clark Gable, Deusenberg, Friday Fotos, Hollywood on Wheels, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Packard, Pierce Arrow, Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle, Stepin Fetchit, Tyrone Power