LA River Neighbourhood
Finally made it to the base of the LA River where I had the pleasure of meeting Tyrone who has lived down there for years. He was busy this afternoon, doing some housekeeping and enjoying the peace and quiet after the last few days when the river was busy with the filming of a car commercial. A hotchpotch of different shots from the heat of the early afternoon, colour, black and white, DSLR and iPhone, and from the mad rush of life on the road for now!
Quite an impressive area; and great photos!
Not every river you get to walk along the bottom, thank you Angeline!
Very nice blog with scenes of life in your area that I discovered!
Beautiful framing of your subjects and excellent for black and white
Good Day – Thank you
Wonderful to meet you Pat and thank you so much!
Excellent setting – especially for the monochromes… Stunning!
Thank you Alessandro, that is so lovely to hear!
Some great mono images. If that’s Tyrone, tell him he’s got a better looking couch than I do!
That’s T’s flair for you, thank you Emilio!
dreamy, cinematic, beautiful photos leading me back to many fine books and films.
Thank you Tommy, what a wonderful comment!
Great series, I love the B&/W, specially gthe almost graphic effect in the shadows one.
Thank you Robert, I felt so tiny under those shadows . . .
Wonderful as always!
Thank you MBL!
Loved the thin serene looking man and bicycle. He seems to have his priorities in order. I wonder how he keeps the couch so white and clean? He even has a plant next to it. Nice story there.!
Thank you Gerard, Tyrone is quite house proud!
Such a strange place, Patti – a sort of sterile no-man’s land. I must say I loved the stark lines and blocking shadows of the ‘architectural’ shots – Shapes & Shadows, and Long Shadow: very powerful. Happy times on the road 🙂
Thank you so much Meredith, it was fascinating watching the lines of shape and shadow shift in the changing light!
Fascinating shots. It looks like the setting in Grease where they had the car race. I never thought of it as a ‘river’ before. And I feel very fortunate, indeed, to have a solid roof over my head. I found this a very moving set of photos, P. x
A wonderful comment thank you Gaynor. We are indeed so lucky to have roofs over our heads while at the same time I am so in awe of the resilience, strength and freedom of the human spirit to survive in so many different circumstances.
And yes, they did do the Grease car chase along this stretch of the river – which I saw 5 minutes ago on youtube. Grease is one of those films still on my “haven’t seen ever!” list . . .
Love the contrasts between the color and b/w. Tyrone’s couch looks very cozy. 🙂
Tyrone does have a certain style and flair, thank you Julie!
Interesting transition from color to black and white and viewpoints…….great shots!
Thank you so much Burgess, it was such a rush post I just went plonk with the shots and fingers crossed!
Really nice series Patti. I’m sure I’ve seen this place from a movie scene before. Terminator maybe? Hope you’re enjoying your trip.
The river has featured in “24” Batman, Transformers, Grease and many others. Kurt Russell surfed down the river in one of his awful post-acpocalyptic films but I think Arnie owns it with the motorcycle chase, no helmet (!) in Terminator 2! Back from LA now Lignum and always a little sad to leave it behind…. 😦
Trust all well with you and getting Syd in your inimitable and prize winning style! 🙂
What a stunning series, wonderful perspective in each one! Seems to be many creative uses for this area!
Thank you Susan, it could be said Tyrone has a front row seat at all the happenings, pre-release!
Wonderful, striking shots, Patti – I love the portrait of Tyrone. Your portraits have a real swagger to them.
Funny you should say that Richard because one of the most overwhelming feelings, for me, about LA is the very swagger in the air.
The area looks so familiar I must have seen in movies prior? I like the fact you featured many in monochrome. I always enjoy when colour is stripped away so I can focus on the content. Have a great day.
Yes, the area has been featured in so many film scenes – the river that keeps on giving! And thank you so much for your valued comment, I very much appreciate it!
Thank you Harrie!
Hope you were wearing your rain boots! It’s wonderful that people can live there and not be chased off by the police.
The black and whites magnificent!
Annie, I was wearing sandals . . . You might be interested in reading/listening to this recent report about one LAPD cop and Skid Row.
Stunning series, Patti – the moods and angles as well as the just plain gorgeous compositions. The river/arroyo is so iconic and familiar from so many films, yet now we really feel like we’ve “seen” it. Thanks!
Thank you DW for your kind words and company down by the river!
Fascinating images. It is vaguely familiar to me too. I must have seen more action films than I realised. I love the bleached blues and greys of the coloured photographs. Thanks for sharing your insights and vision Patti.
A pleasure to share, thank you Philippa! Battle scenes from “All Quiet on the Western Front” were filmed there back in 1930, it has been one of those reliable go to places since the silent film days!
Impressive bridge shots Patti. I love the people shots even more. “Best Spot in Town’ made me smile 🙂
It’s one surprise after another down there which soon turns into feeling very normal. Thank you Madhu!
Wow really great photos Patti! What an amazing place to explore 🙂
A fascinating place to explore for so many reasons, thank you Peter!
Excellent images Patti 🙂
Most grateful, thank you Joe!
Thank you Rabirius!
Especially love the photos with the “models,” both human and avian.
Thank you Judith, I would love to see his finished model shots!
Essential LA images. So much the flavor of the place. You manage to do that wherever you are, whenever you shoot. You bring us right there.
Thank you Elena, that’s so sweet of you to say!
Wow, you were inspired by this location, I can see it. I like the variety – I love the birds, too – is this the new utopia? 😉
Lyn, so curious to know what you would make of this new utopia!
Excellent LA images Patti that have a starkness to them and the populous, such as Tyrone and friends seem to be alien in such an environment, and yet this is Home!. You always capture the flavour of the place wherever you are, bringing us the viewer in touch with the architecture and more importantly the people you come across.
Some stunningly harsh urban photography Patti – really love these! Spectacular B&W’s! I also love the softer side of the guy with the bike and the chair 🙂
This is an urban spot on the planet that I have always wondered about visiting and shooting in ever since seeing old Clint Eastwood films of the 70’s.
I love your range of colour and B/W but the B/W shots are really tops. An inspiring set.