Modernity and Kitsch.


I recently came across these 50-year-old photographs by¬†Allan Grant that were published in the November 23, 1962 Life Magazine. They show a brand new supermarket, Piggly Wiggly,that had recently opened at 15821 Ventura Blvd. in Encino. The structure is now gone, replaced by a long, white office building. What surprised me most was seeing the…

Up on White Oak Place


san fernando valley, originally uploaded by dugm2. Up on White Oak Place last night: a party for a magazine launch. The winds were blowing. Buzzing flocks of valet parkers ran to grab cars as partygoers arrived. A for-sale mansion had been rented, an ornate and preposterously rococo place, elaborate and overdone; sunk under the weight…

Oblivious to the Fire.


  In shooting the fire yesterday, I have to admit that 9/11 was not far from my mind. I thought of the contrast of normality v. disaster as in this image.