This is a view of the soon-to-be-renovated Sixth Street bridge from the vantage point of the Los Angeles River. I am hopeful that this area will one day become a useable recreation area. At this point, it’s a bit creepy, even in the middle of the day. A few months ago, Donna and I cut short a hike in this very area after getting mad dogged by a group of guys I can only imagine were gangsters of some ilk. Or, at least, I didn’t feel like finding out.
This is another shot from the May 26 walkabout in the Arts District. This shot is on Santa Fe, near the Seventh Street bridge. Not too much to say about it, other than the fact I dig the visual impact of the dots on the telephone pole and the circles in the background. In a way, it reminds me of a trip I took years ago to South Carolina, where many — if not all — of the liquor stores use a three-dot notation on their signage. I’m guessing signs that read “liquor store” would have offended some.
This was a strange one. This image was taken on the stairs leading from Santa Fe up to the Fourth Street bridge. Trash and discarded food was everywhere, as was human excrement. In addition, there was a large burned out area, as though someone had recently had a bonfire, and these abandoned New Balance sneakers. Made me wonder who they belonged to, and why there was a fire. To burn the trash? Why did he or she leave behind their shoes? All part of the mystery that is the Arts District sometimes.
I have been wanting to do this for quite some time. I just didn’t have the time, or had convinced myself that there wasn’t enough time. But last Sunday, May 26, I finally got off my arse and started doing it: Walking around my neighborhood and taking photos. It was hot, and I don’t quite know I well I’ve done, but at the least, I’ve done something. So for the next few days/weeks/months, I’ll be posting here on a regular basis, showing off my new neighborhood. This first shot is the gas meters in my building. I just kinda dig the symmetry. Or, rather, the almost-but-not-quite-symmetry. Lack of perfection is the basis of beauty, no?
Bobby was another person I met as part of my Pasadena City College project. The other image in that series was the woman featured in the “5th and Alameda” image. He was an extremely kind man, and I hope he’s doing well. A friend of mine said he knew Bobby from the Midnight Mission, and as I understand, a copy of this photo hangs in that building… Pretty cool.
This was part of a night project I did for a Pasadena City College photography class in 2005. My idea was to photograph the goings on in the downtown Los Angeles between 6 pm and 6 am. This was long before I had any idea I was going to be living downtown, a few scant blocks from where this woman was living on the streets. This was taken in the very early morning, generally the absolute best time to take any type of photographs.
— Dan Evans