On a photo walk around Venice (Los Angeles) I came across this huge mural. Found on Windward Avenue it pays homage to Venice history, culture and film. Painted by artist Jonas Never it measures 102 x 50 feet. At first this wasn’t going to make it onto the website because of all the cars in the foreground, but looking through the various murals that I photographed around Venice this is my favourite. In some ways, the cars give an idea of scale.
On my way back to the subway after photographing the Walt Disney Concert Hal I walked back through Grand Park. Having seen the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain in the daytime it was a very pleasant surprise to see it lit up with colourful and ever changing lights. After capturing a few different shots of a variety of colours the above was my favourite. The building in the centre of the frame at the opposite end of the park is Los Angeles City Hall.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most unusual buildings in the centre of Los Angeles. This month marks the 10 year anniversary of its opening. It was designed by famous Canadian architect, Frank Gehry, now based in LA. Initially I went down in the day to wonder around the building looking for the best angle. Ideally I wouldn’t have the cranes on the far left but to frame the photograph to not include them meant not having the full name included in the image on the right. This was the best I could do under the conditions and overall I’m happy how it turned out.
When signs point to Downtown or CBD (central business district) of any city, skyscrapers are the first thing that comes to mind, especially in a huge city such as Los Angeles. It isn’t always the case as Olvera Street proves. LA was founded in 1781 by a group of Spanish settlers consisting of 11 families. They settled in this area, making Olvera Street the oldest part of the city. It’s right across the road from the main Union Station. Today the street is quaint and colourful market catering to tourists. It’s billed as a living museum paying homage to a romantic version of old Mexico.