Flora in West Adams

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting pages from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

On Page 16 of the Introduction I wanted to give readers an idea of the striking flora we have here in West Adams. In the photo above, (and the iPad book screen grab below), you can see an arborist trimming a Silk Floss Tree.

Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument Signage

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting pages from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

Continuing on with the Introduction to the Book we find ourselves on Page 15. I wanted to give readers a flavor of the kinds of Historic Cultural Monument signage we find in West Adams as well as introduce them to the idea of a 'gallery' in which they can access more than one image at a time per page.

On Page 15 we see two examples of signage, one on the Alfred J. Salisbury House on Hoover Street in North University Park, the other the Holmes-Shannon House in Victoria Park.

In the 'screen-grab' below you can see how the images look in the iPad Book.

I've always been ambivalent about signage of this kind. Living as I did in central London for so many years and seeing so many Blue Plaques the fear was that one could find oneself in a city no longer living, growing and vibrant but a place that has become an amusement park version of itself. Hyperbole of course but I think of Venice, has anything changed there, hemmed in as it is by it's unyielding geography and history - is any new history being made there, (other than as a signifier of the global environmental challenge?).

On the other hand, of course we should celebrate positive culture, culture that celebrates the triumph of beauty, of joy and genuine achievement. During my four years in Belfast cultural markers started to be installed on the pavement illustrating the various histories of wherever you happened to be standing and one got the sense that, "well, the war must be over if they're doing this kind of thing. It's a theme park now."

Instagramming Up a Storm

As I'm waiting, (in a semi-frustrated manner), for Untold LA to appear back on Apple's iTunes thought I'd post some of my Instagram shots of the neighborhood.

As I talked about in this video one of the ways Untold LA could have been done is as a purely social, mobile experiment where the project existed purely in the Instagram or Facebook realm instead of as a finite object that is downloaded locally in the hands of a user as is the case now with the iPad Book.

There is something to be said for that process. Camera phones have improved so dramatically over the years; the image processing power combined with the ingenuity of new software creates a space for drama, power and whimsy hereto unthinkable in such a small form.

With this in mind it's natural to ask how much is gained by using DSLR's or even the Untold LA camera, the Fuji X-Pro 1, if the final form is not a large gallery-type print but something that is observed on a small illuminated panel.

I think the answer, for me, has become apparent.

Untold LA is not a finite object, just the iPad book or possible print version, it's an on-going concern that exists in multiple ways. So while the iPad Book is its most dramatic, involving form, (there's just nothing like holding this thin slab of glass with hundreds of illuminated photos you can quickly scroll through, combined with hours of audio and video), the online/social component that allows mobile connected photography to bloom has become just as valuable.

Valuable in the sense that it shows the homes of Los Angeles' West Adams as beautiful, stunning inhabited objects worthy of study and love.

[All photographs in this post taken during the last couple of weeks in the North University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles' West Adams]

Harvard Heights Home and Wine Tour

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting pages from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

Today's extract is Page 14 from the Introduction, letting folks know that with West Adams being such a bustling area we're not just going to get photos of homes in the book but also neighborhood activities.

In the photo below you see a photo taken while I shadowed a 'Home and Wine Tour' in Harvard Heights in September of 2013.