Some Photos I’ve Taken (2009-2019)


Since teaching myself digital photography in 2006, I have taken my camera around Van Nuys and vicinity in search of beautiful light. Here are some selections of images with some commentary. Van Nuys, CAThese serrated steel buildings along Calvert St have always fascinated me. I don't know how old they are, but I always imagined…

Columus Day.


There is new construction fencing and green tarps in front of 6505 Columbus. A building permit has been created for a new single-family house on the one-acre site of the former Rancho Perfecto which I wrote about in 2019.  The idea that the land will be graced with just one single house is ludicrous. Every property in…

The Pink Oasis: Time Magazine, July 4, 1949.


"That amazing mechanism, the human eye, adjusts itself to Los Angeles in a matter of hours. The optic nerves grow submissive before the red glare of geraniums, the flash of windshields, the sight of endless and improbable vistas of pastel stucco. Even on his first, casual, hundred-mile drive the pilgrim achieves a kind of stunned…

Letter From a Neighbor to Councilwoman Nury Martinez


My neighbor, who has lived in Van Nuys since 1979, is aghast at its condition and appalled at the utter lack of leadership in correcting its continuing decline. She wrote a letter, intended for Nury Martinez our Councilwoman and now the President of the City Council. I agree with everything in it. Our community is…

West Side of Sepulveda Between Haynes and Lemay, Van Nuys, CA.


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The Pandemic Changed Everything.


Since the pandemic began every single one of my relationships were tested. Some failed, some succeeded, some ended.