Images & Observations

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The Dance Studio

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 14mm ISO 640 3-bkts f/11 Lr3; HEP1

The sign in the window caught my eye as I reconnoitered this old brick building at the corner of Lemon Street and University Avenue in Riverside, California.  The handrail along the sidewalk made me think of a ballet barre, a juxtaposition of significance in my mind.  This building is now known as the Life Arts Center and it leases space to visual and performing artists, it was originally constructed in 1909 as the Riverside YMCA and was owned by the Church of Scientology at one time and was developed to its present state by group headed by a man that splintered from the Church of Scientology.  There is an interesting article about the history of the building here in the Riverside Press Enterprise.

Another notable feature of this image is that this building continues the local motif of arched windows in the Spanish/Mission Revival style.


“This Way.”

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 18mm ISO 1250 3-bkts f/8 Lr3, HEP1; SEP2

“To the promised land” (the parking structure) adjacent to Mercantile Place in Old Town, Pasadena, California.  I am beginning to think of Mercantile Place as being the crossroads of Old Town since I mined so much material from this location.  The large building in the background is the Scientology complex, I’m wondering of the large door in the back is used by Xenu and the other space aliens to avoid any paparazzi who might be stationed at the front of the building.

Or maybe the woman is saying “If we go this way we can avoid those crackpot cultists”.