KEN RAYMOND PHOTOGRAPHY

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April 26, 2018
Los Angeles Memories

I spent a considerable amount of time in Los Angeles between 2006 and 2014. Monday to Friday a dozen or so times a year. Too many red-eyes home to count, though I could probably tell you how much 2 Wolfgang Puck pizzas cost at Terminal 2 (some travel rituals stick with you!). My camera always travelled with me but there wasn’t much downtime on these trips. Still, I snapped 100’s of images.

My LA was small, predominantly West Hollywood hotel to Beverly Hills office and back. I’d walk the 2 miles in the morning and then back in the darkness of night. Sunset, La Cienega, Santa Monica… Starbucks along the way… the warmth of the morning sun… the glances of the patio boys on the way ‘home’… so familiar to me as I write this. Toward the end, there was the Hollywood office so a few trips spent entirely within the confines of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Every once in a while, I’d have a day to myself or have a weekend stay over. I’d try to catch a show (Metric!), a Dodgers game, hike up to the top of Runyon, or venture down to the beach. Ahhh, the 704 bus from WeHo to Santa Monica…

So many memories. Here are a selection of images from my LA Days over the last 10 years. They bring back a range of feelings, longings… LA has a special light and something in the air – a magic palette, a warm soothing rhythm.

My one regret is not having pictures of my colleagues and friends. It was always work and the group social events revolved around the work so the camera never came out. At the end of the day, its the people I miss the most…

Santa Monica Beach, September 6, 2014

Runyon Canyon Colours, October 9, 2012

LACMA Lamps, September 19, 2009

Venice Skate Park, March 7, 2010

Rodeo Drive Statue, April 20, 2016

Santa Monica Beach Games, September 6, 2014

Flying, Venice Skate Park, April 21, 2016

Windswept Sunset, Santa Monica Beach, March 15, 2008

Close Up, Hollywood & La Brea Gateway, October 9, 2012

Melrose Wheat Paste Hipster, May 20, 2015

West Hollywood Street Crossing, September 2, 2014

Watching the Skaters, Venice Skate Park, August 5, 2011

Sunrise Across the City (seen from The Mondrian), February 25, 2008

Fallen Star, Patrick Swayze Memorial, Hollywood Boulevard, September 20, 2013

Superman Saves the Day, Hollywood Boulevard, September 5, 2014

Abbot Kinney Love, April 21, 2016

Lifeguard Tower 20, Santa Monica, September 6, 2014

Sunset Stroll, Santa Monica, August 5, 2011

Goodnight, Santa Monica, March 16, 2008

More of my LA from ‘mylife project’

Post script: The hardest part of writing this story was choosing the selects from the volumes of pictures. Which are too similar, which reflect a memory or feeling, which are technically sound etc… it’s not something I’ve done ofter (curating / editing from a large collection) and getting better at this is one of the reasons I have built my site in this style. So I’m sure over time I’ll come back to this story and cut down the number of images… hope you enjoy cheers, ken

April 15, 2018
The first roll of film for me and a vintage Leica in years.
April 29, 2018
Mannequins going about their daily business.
May 18, 2018

Playing with an old Japanese Graflex (c. 1959) and a test roll of film shot over 3 years!.

May 10, 2018

The Cherry Blossoms were out at High Park and so were the masses with their cameras.

ARCHIVES & mylife collection
Ken Raymond Photography - archives
My on-line photo archives (aka my old website) where I post my personal selects. 1,000+ images and counting. Some of them are decent.
Ken Raymond Photography - mylife
mylife is a photo series that captures the world around me as i see it using my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. Since 2010 and the iPhone 3. Still going 8 years and 3 phones later...