The Maybel Shaw Bridges Music Auditorium was designed by architect William Templeton and constructed in 1931 at a cost of $600,000; it seats 2,500. This view s of the north and west facades of the auditorium which sits on the eastern edge of Marston Quad, at Pomona College, Claremont, California.
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The view looking south through Lebus Court at Pomona, College, Claremont, California. Lebus Court was designed by Myron Hunt and erected in 1915 at the rear of Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music (“Little Bridges”). Lebus Court, along with Rembrandt Hall houses the Department of Art & Art History at the college. The building directly south is Harwood Hall, the first residential hall constructed on the campus in 1921.
In relative terms, the buildings and campus of Pomona College offer some of the most mature architecture and landscaping to be found in the Southern California area since they have been standing roughly 100 years. This test of time is quite an achievement in a locale that has historically been ever evolving, ever changing during the past century and a half. I really like the feeling I get from the stonework and the building structure and texture in this image, from the lush, fully mature greenery. Pomona is a great campus for walking and enjoying green things, with many mature and majestic trees. I have never been comfortable or inspired in schools and classrooms, never fully engaged in classroom learning, but being on the campus of Pomona College I get a great feeling of contentment and permanence. This rendering makes me feel good.
Images From My Yard
This image is the first in a series of 15 floral images that were captured when I assigned myself a project to find images only in the backyard of my home. I captured this image with a regular zoom lens, not a macro lens, hand held. I achieved the impressionistic feeling for the image using an Alien Skin Snap Art 3 filter which applied an impasto like brushstroke, then using layer masking in Photoshop I applied a gaussian blur to the background elements.
This image reminds me of something you would find as the “face” of a greeting card, with of course a suitably sappy message imprinted on the inside.
One of the photographic exercises I task myself with from time to time is to find objects in my own backyard to make images from. This is the roofline of my next door neighbor’s house, as seen from my backyard. I like the diagonal lines created by the vents, the wood trim and the roof tiles, as well as the recurring pattern of the tiles, and how it all plays against the deep, blue sky.
A doorway leading to 165, 167 and 169 North Glendora Avenue, Glendora, California. What worlds lie behind this doorway? You will have to pass through the portal to find out.
A spring evening just off of South Lake Avenue in Pasadena, California and four compatible souls tuck in to a quiet supper under a clear sky. The interloping photographer unnoticed.
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On South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, California. A real man doing an honest day’s work contrasted by a merchandiser’s ideal of a fashionably and expensively clad gentleman.
A late afternoon freight train passing through Pomona, California, rendered as an oil painting. This is actually the tail-end of the train, these locomotives are pushing, assisting the front-end locomotives which are pulling the train.
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Day begins to turn to night as the shadows lengthen outside of the Green Street campus of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, in Pasadena, California. I like the detail surrounding the windows on this building, it seems to befit a stately old institution. When I look at this image I anticipate hearing and seeing a gaggle of young men and young women coming out the doors, wearing checked pants, white coats and tall, white toques, chattering in French. Alas, rather than the famous institution by the same name in Paris, France, this is but a trade school in the United States, that has inundated the airwaves with commercials romanticizing life in a most unromantic place, a hot, noisy, sometimes dangerous kitchen.
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The quote in the title is not from the Bible, as far as I know, I just made it up as it seemed to fit the image. The is the First Church of Christ Scientist in Pasadena, California. My intent in capturing the building from this location on the south side with the sun illuminating the dome and from this angle was to convey how monumental this building feels to me. The odd thing is that while this is a landmark building, it has been real easy to miss. It is situated on the corner of Green Street and South Oakland Avenue, a block south of the somewhat larger thoroughfare, Colorado Boulevard. Green Street is also lined on both sides with mature tress, so while we have frequently passed by here as we have traversed Green Street, this gem of a building had gone largely unnoticed to me, until we got out of the car and were walking the street.
It was almost 4:00 P.M. on a November day when I captured this image and the light from the sun was turning golden, still lighting up the dome while the lower structure was in shadow. The golden tones on the dome together with the orange tones on the row of trees in the right foreground are probably indicative of the only hints we get of a fall season in Southern California.
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Another image from the Chino American Legion Car Show this past November. This coupe was parked next to the “Weekend Warrior” and impossible to overlook.
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Another image from the street in Claremont, California, this time in the plaza adjacent to the Laemmle Theater. A nice little oasis hidden behind some commercial buildings, a hotel and the theater. After capturing frames of people hanging out in the plaza, and some of the surrounding architectural elements, Judy and I and my sister had dinner outside in front of a Mexican restaurant that backs up to this plaza. The food was nothing to write home about, but the ambiance was very relaxing. We did get some good coffee later from the Coffee Bean & Tes Leaf that also backs up to this plaza.
I really enjoy our visits to the “center villages” of some of the towns in the Los Angeles basin, such as Claremont, Glendora, Monrovia, Orange, and look forward to visiting other locales that have also preserved or re-developed their original town centers. Old Town in Pasadena is another great venue for capturing street life and period architecture, if not a bit more fast moving and urbane than these smaller towns. It seems to me that life and fulfillment from your environment is a lot simpler and easier and more pleasant in the non-Disneyfied, non-freeway-accessible, non-malled (enclosed or strip), non-high-voltage entertainment and shopping venues that have proliferated in our urban areas.
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Captured on the street in Claremont, California last May. The scene played out on a weekend afternoon in a small plaza in front of the local bank branch/Starbucks. A quartet of street musicians were set-up and playing in the plaza. Other locals were standing or sitting on lawn chairs. The music was not memorable, nor were my shots of the musicians, but this trio did catch my eye.
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This is the Laemmle Theater, hidden away behind a courtyard formed by commercial buildings in Claremont, California. I was attracted by the horizontal and vertical lines, the colors and rectangular shapes, how the vertical elements in the doors played off the vertical building columns.
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I don’t know about the antiques inside, but this store entry says big time prices to me. Judy is peering in the window in this image, the store was closed when we visited, which might have been very fortunate for the family bank account.
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It has probably been a long time since this building on Glassell Street in Orange, California had an inventory of batteries for sale, but I am glad the advertising sign on the side of the building has survived. I love the look of mature buildings with period decoration or art work on them, even commercial art work.
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Another view from Plaza Square in the city of Orange, California. After capturing this image we made a couple of withdrawals from the “repository” and I enjoyed a Mocha Frappuccino. I am not sure what the deal is with Starbucks cropping up inside of other businesses but I am guessing that there may be more coffee transactions than pure financial transactions occurring in this building on a daily basis. One Starbucks in Pasadena, California seems to have totally subsumed the bank branch it was planted inside of.
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A downhill ski slalom course is what the positioning of the light standards and green refuse containers along the sidewalk remind me of, or maybe a slalom course for roller bladers. This final image is actually a composite of four HDR images that I lined up together, after flipping two of the images horizontally to create the symmetry. Edward Hopper is one of my influences and his “Early Sunday” image was in the back of my mind when I conceived of this layout.
The stylistic direction that I have been going in is a direct influence of work by the painter Edward Hopper during the first half of the 20th century and also by the illustrator, Bruce McCall in contemporary times. I like their choice of subjects, their techniques influence my use of saturated colors, simplified shapes and lines and the seeming flatness or lack of texture that I create in what would usually be considered textured or sculpted (multi-dimensional) objects.
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Another image from the city of Orange, California, this is the view from Plaza Square Park looking toward the south east corner of the plaza.
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This is the north east corner of the plaza formed around the park at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street in Orange, California (if you ask Google Maps to find “Orange, CA” it will put a map pin right in the middle of this park). I am fascinated by the lines and geometric shapes in building elements, those and the perception of depth that I get from the shadow areas always makes me feel like my eyes are on an adventure. Maybe it is something primeval in my soul, but certain shapes, lines, highlights, shadows and colors combined in the right circumstance, and I get sense of well being and joy.
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An exercise in painterly effects and a play on imagination.
What is behind the windows? The doctor? The immigration lawyer? The adoption agency? The travel agency? The marriage counselor? The criminal attorney? The social services agency? The probate court? The detective office? The divorce attorney? The employment agency? The foreign counsel? So many possible scenarios.
Continuing my painterly experimentations these yellow Daylilies were growing adjacent to our neighborhood tennis courts and I captured them the same day as the Daylilies in my last blog post. This image was similar to last Monday’s, during post processing, I applied the Topaz Labs Simplify effect (via the Photoshop plug-in) to give the primary image some paint brush like feeling and then the texture in this image also came from my backyard, from a shot of our wood fence that has been aging in the elements for the past twenty years as a layer in Photoshop . I also added a framing effect using the OnOne Software PhotoFrame 4.6 Photoshop plug-in.