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Downtown Flowers

O is for outings more unusual.

                                                                                                                                                       
A good moment is as simple as juxtaposition. Sunlight through a leaf, a bird on a hood of a car. The same way some of us love people watching, I’m often on the lookout for unusual juxtaposition.

Los Angeles is a hub of contrasting elements. In the Hollywood Hills, sirens and coyote yips blend together. It’s a city in which true bohemians and the plastic-injected co-habitate without running into each other by delineating their respective territories into the east and west sides.

I, on the other hand, have reason to roam both directions — east for the art, west for the ocean.

Unusual juxtaposition is everywhere. At times it’s visual, other times, it’s an attitude or feeling. But most often, it’s a combination. Like always, I try to capture the moments, and how they affect me, in words and pictures.

For example, maybe they have random outdoor yoga where you live, but I ended up watching fascinated for half an hour passing through a west side mall.

Yoga

Meanwhile, in the artsy east of Los Angeles, occasions come up with immaculately plugged-in audio on people’s decks, nestled in the brush. These pictures look like they were taken by someone who snuck in and stayed hidden. I was invited, but live music in unusual places feels forbidden, and forbidden is sometimes extra tasty.

Concerts

Speaking of forbidden, the below picture was on a Tuesday and a school night. I’ve forgotten the band, but even taken in low light on a bad phone, it makes me remember I was happy that night. Or maybe I find some satisfaction in the symmetry of head silhouettes centuring the artist, and all that fuchsia. I’ll take satisfaction however it comes.

School Night

Sidewalk petals in the rain. Sunflowers and street signs. Caged palm trees. Contrasting juxtaposition everywhere you look.

And contentment.

Juxtapose Collage
 

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4 comments

  1. I love how artistic your photos are. They’re a breath of fresh air and some of my favorites to see on Instagram.

  2. But of course you see the world in this beautiful way 😉
    Are all pics taken on a cellphone camera? I love the petals on the wet sidewalk.

    1. Yeah, they are. Some of them have been through Instagram filters, so it makes them look better, much as I hate to admit it. But the wet petals — there was nothing you could do to make them look bad.

  3. damn you give good photo…..

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