Monday, July 23, 2012

motel mondays: part 27

Welcome to Paradise this motel Monday! I happened upon today's vintage motel sign when driving home from downtown LA on Sunset Blvd Saturday.  This beauty, the Paradise Motel, is located in Echo Park.  I love orange and love this simple and groovy sign!  While I was attempting to shoot the sign above the lobby the guy working the reception desk ran out and exclaimed that I was not allowed to take photos there.  He was very agitated. This is the first time this has happened to me.  Sure, the place looked a little seedy like most of the vintage motels I shoot but in the past nobody working at any of them ever cared that I was taking photos of their signs.  Now I really wonder what shenanigans are going on there and needless to say my inner Nancy Drew is intrigued...

I was working on a fun project this weekend for an office I was hired to do.  The company contracts a lot with the entertainment industry so I thought it would be fun to line the walls with photos of vintage theater signs.  I headed downtown to shoot a bunch of the theaters on Broadway.  There are some amazing old ones there with great signs and most of them are nothing to look at anymore on the inside as they have been rundown or turned into electronics or jewelry stores on the inside (such a bummer!).  But it is fun to dream about what it must have been like in its heyday!

I had such a fun few hours shooting photos and chatting with some of the local color.  These are just a few instagram shots taken with my iphone but I have a zillion to sift through to pick the perfect ones to use.  If you live in LA and love old architecture I highly recommend you go check these out.  You can go on your own walking tour  or sign up for a guided one with the LA Conservancy.

While downtown I also popped by a street festival that was going on in the arts district.  Lots of cool bands were playing amidst some amazing street art.  Here is one of my favorites of the day by Kim West. 

And I loved this one too. The mix of hot pink and black and white graphics are so fab!

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until next time...

the formerly almost 40 year old intern


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