a daily photo from Southern California's little town in the big city
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
For over four years, I posted a photo a day from South Pasadena -- Los Angeles' little town in the big city. Here you will find my daily musings, a few rants, and several thousand views of early 21st century South Pas.
You can click the label links to the bottom right for more organized views and viewpoints. Or, just dive into the rabbit hole.
Due to unexpected events, I will not be updating Glimpses of South Pasadena for the foreseeable future.Thank you for over 4 years of daily exploration, discovery, friendship and fun.
I appreciate the support of the over 900,000 people who have taken the time to visit this blog. The experience changed my life. I hope to be back again at some point, if not here then in another online incarnation. Until then, thank you all.
It wasn't the darkness that was so terrifying. It was everything that she could see in the light.
This wraps up Freeway Noir Week, folks. Thanks for letting me share a series of shots taken from the passenger seat of a car while driving bumper to bumper home on the 110 freeway. This coming week? Color!
"I don't want to go in there," She said when she saw the tunnel.
She had a habit of biting her lip when she was scared about something. She was biting it it now. It made him want to speed the car just to startle her. He wanted to drive right up to the edge of the truck ahead and stop just short of collision. A screech of brakes, a scattering of the change in the cup holder and possibly blood jazzing up that pale pink lipstick.
He didn't like it that he wanted to scare her this much. As they pulled into the tunnel, she laughed a little.
"Oh," she said. "This isn't so bad."
He kept his eyes on the lane lines, his foot carefully adjusting to the proper speed limit. He didn't look to see if she was biting her lip. It was probably to dark to see, anyway.
We're almost home from Freeway Noir Week -- a series of shots taken from the passenger seat while stuck in traffic on the 110 Freeway.
The hotel gleamed like platinum in spite all those dirty windows. She'd been fooled by flash before. It was shiny, sure. But it wasn't clean.
I'm dipping my toes into the dark side with Freeway Noir Week -- a series of monochrome shots taken out of the car window while stuck in traffic on the 110 freeway. And no, I wasn't driving the car --- but I was just driving my family crazy as I tried to channel the spirit of Raymond Chandler.
In December of 2007, after many years on the west side of Los Angeles (and at least a third of those years spent stuck in traffic on Pico Boulevard) my family settled into a happy little house in South Pasadena. This daily blog covered over 4 year as I put down roots in my new home town.
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September, 2013: After a year off, I'm gearing up for the launch of my new blog. Stay tuned for more information...
Thank you Charlie's Coffee House for hosting my photo exhibit, South Pas: Observed. From October 2011 through January 2012 my pictures graced the walls of the best place in town to get a cup of coffee!
Read the nifty story on photo bloggers Petrea Burchard, Ben Wideman, Kat Likkel and little old me featured in the September, 2011 issue of Pasadena Magazine.
For over 4 years, I presented a picture a day from South Pasadena, California -- an incorporated city within the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. All photos up to November, 2008 were taken with a Fujifilm Finepix E900 camera. I added a Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD megazoom in December 2008, a Nikon D3100 in 2010 and a Lumix DMC-DS8 in 2011. I shot with them all. In August 2010 I joined the iPhone camera craze and sometimes included pictures captured by my phone. I regularly cropped images and used basic editing software to adjust the brightness, intensify the contrast, and increase color saturation. Other than that, all images came straight from the camera with minimal alteration. (If I couldn't have done it in a darkroom, I wouldn't do it with a computer.)
The bigger picture:
Consider it a love letter to the place I call home.
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Novel lovers, look out! Everybody's favorite San Gabriel Valley daily photoblogger Petrea Burchard takes us on a journey back to King Arthur's 'hood in her wonderful debut novel Camelot and Vine. (If you don't fall madly in love with her smart-ass narrator, you definitely deserve to be put into an iron maiden.) Be sure to keep up with Petrea at her legendary blog, Pasadena Daily Photo, AKA: Living Vicuriously.
And while we're on the subject of great takes on old themes, be sure to pick up a copy of Margaret Finnegan's delightful debut novel, The Goddess Lounge -- undoubtedly the kookiest, most wonderful riff on Homer's Odyssey ever written. Margaret never ceases to inspire and make us laugh at her blog Finnegan Begin Again. Her book is magical, silly, smart and a wonderful love letter to the all the goddesses among us.
Kevin McCollister of East of West LA blows our minds with haunting images of Los Angeles. But since we can't put his blog on our coffee table, we can buy his fantastic book. I believe Kevin's images truly capture the quixotic and often heartbreaking soul of LA. Don't take my word for it, see what The LA Times had to say.