January 6, 2010

This night time wall has intrigued me for weeks. The two windows pictured here are so full of life. Two portholes into two peoples lives, in a rundown building, in downtown LA, and they couldn’t be more different. The upper window is ablaze with Christmas decorations. Twinkling off and on they bring a soft glow to the American flag that sits nestled among them. The lower window is home to a very odd collage of sorts. It took a long lens for me to see who is represented. The man sticking his tongue out at the far left  is the original king of weird, Salvador Dali, and he  appears to be licking Bono from U2. As I can’t determine who the woman partially hiding behind Bono is she’ll remain a mystery.

And what of the people who live in these tiny apartments? Is the top window home to a veteran from an old war, or the woman who hasn’t the funds to visit her children for Christmas, but still takes the time to put something up to mark the holidays and the passage of time? And what of the inhabitants of the lower window? Who is this person who took the time to assemble the collage? Someone who thinks UFOs are coming, or simply a downtown artist, or even a junkie. I’ll never know, but I’m glad I took the time to document this fantastic building, two of it’s windows, and the layers of texture framing them. I think Dali would have approved.

Building and Windows – 7th and Santa Fe -Downtown Los Angeles
ISO 800, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/2.8 @ 1/20 sec handheld (to see how I hand held at this speed check out the Tech Tips page)

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