Today on the Flickr blog have the honor of being the featured photographer where I discuss street art, the Los Angeles mural scene and of course, 360° photography from how I got started to my camera set-up.In my interview with Arnold Chao, the Senior Editor at Flickr, I mentioned that I got hooked on photographing street art in the 80's as I was passing through Checkpoint Charlie on a visit to Berlin
The American Hotel Free Wall - View on Google Maps Back in January I captured this pano of the American Hotel's free wall. It featured a piece by Cali Killa called ”Beware Hipsters” (above). Then last week, I took this pano of the same wall (below) which features among other works, a message from Fearless LA, a church group originally from Modesto that's settled into the Los Angeles scene.In
View on Google Maps Way back in the day and way before the street address 118 Winston Street became the art gallery and a yoga studio it's known for today, it was the meeting place of the secret society known as Catholic Knights of America (St. Joseph Branch # 397) according to Newmans's Directory and Guide of Los Angeles and Vicinity: A Handbook for Strangers and Residents published in 1903.
There's a new mural in Los Angeles -- an ab-fab-collab by Fin DAC and Angelina Christina and let me tell you: it's absolutely stunning! It's entitled "Upon Reflection" and you can see it for yourself near the corner of Winston and Los Angeles in Downtown Los Angeles.View on Google Maps.Have patience for this one to load -- you're in for a treat as I'm trying something different. Also, be
Jonas Never's "Touch of Venice" mural on Windward Avenue pays homage to the opening sequence of the 1958 film noir classic "Touch of Evil" directed by Orson Wells.The famous scene was actually shot on location along Windward and Pacific avenues although the scene as it was written is supposed to be a Mexican border town instead of a sunny SoCal beach one. I've shared a YouTube video that you can view
"Winnie The Pooh in GMO Land" - View in Google Maps Last week Free Humanity hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles with his latest guerrilla art piece entitled "Winnie the Pooh in GMO Land" in which the Pooh bear character with eyes as wide as saucers is clutching a honey pot as honey bees die at his feet.You can find the piece near Indian Alley at 104 Winston Steet in DTLA. [Map it]It
Repeat that three times fast: "Featured photo on Flickr! Featured photo on Flickr! Featured photo on Flickr!"Woo hoo!OK, sorry about that folks -- thanks for indulging me. Now, enough with alliteration! Here's the scoop:Earlier this evening I was receiving a ton of notifications from Flickr with members of the community "favoriting" and leaving nice comments about the above referenced panorama.(To
Artist Levi Ponce Levi Ponce's latest public art's project entitled "Soliloquy" took about a week to complete and was finished over this past President's Day weekend. The subject and title is a rift on Hamlet in which Ophelia contemplates her beloved's skull. This piece is located on the side of Al’s Discount Furniture in the Noho Arts District and measures 100' x 13'. Medium: acrylic. View
The latest graffiti art in DTLA is a giant entitled "On the Road" by MTO and UTI Crew (Black Light King, PETAL, FEAR, NUKE, SWAN) that features imagery inspired by Jack Kerouac's 1957 travelogue of the same name.This mural is sponsored by "L.A. loves you", organized and curated by Melissa "Zippy" Downing with the assistance of Roy CHO.Location : Al's Bar yard (backside wall American Hotel), 303 South
Yesterday artist Leonard Knight quietly passed away. Knight was unlike anyone else I've ever met. He was pure love embodied. It's visions like his and his firm belief in a loving God that give me a sense of comfort when I contemplate my own mortality.Salvation Mountain, a set on Flickr.The series of images above are from his life's work "Salvation Mountain" located the Salton Sea of California. Read
This afternoon at 4:00pm PDT, Canadian comic Nathan Fielder revealed that the 'Dumb Starbucks' coffee shop in Los Feliz was a publicity stunt for his Comedy Central show "Nathan For You". View on Google Maps. I knew something was wrong not long after I got there. I cut through an alley way to find a place in line when I found a filming permit that was used over the weekend that identified the production
Foster The People "Supermodel"Pre-order on iTunesLast week the LA based band Foster The People dropped their first single, "Coming Of Age," from their upcoming new album "Supermodel." The music video (below) features a time-lapse video documenting the creation of a mural of the album's cover art.This seven story mural is located at 539 S. Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles
Free Humanity's finished mural "It's that wonderful old fashioned idea that others come first and you come second" is located the corner of the Winston and Los Angeles in DTLA, adjacent to Indian Alley (view on Google Maps). It features style icon Audrey Hepburn with a riot of candy raver colored hearts. I think the artist might have a crush on the divine Audrey (and who wouldn't?) as this is not the
"I Was a Botox Junkie" by artist Tristan Eaton appears on a wall outside Zip Sushi Izakaya near the intersection of East 3rd Street and Traction Avenue in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. View on Google Maps.While Eaton is a Los Angeles born artist, he is now based in New York, where he heads Thunderdog Studio, a successful creative studio working for clients such as Disney, Canon, Kid
Another mural by Damon Martin is a work-in-progress entitled "5 Elements - Korean Mythology" located in front of the District Gallery at 740 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. View on Google Maps.Detail "5 Elements - Korean Mythology"
DTLA Arts District in 360° Panorama Series: Damon Martin "Every Piece of Ivory Comes from a Dead Elephant"
"Every Piece of Ivory Comes from a Dead Elephant"little planet projectionArtist Damon Martin's piece entitled "Every Piece of Ivory Comes from a Dead Elephant" is part of a multi-national campaign funded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to spread awareness of the plight of elephants. Completed in 2012, it is located at the intersection of Rose and 3rd street in DTLA (approximate
"The One With The Bubbles" is a whimsical mural by artist Kim West that can be found on East 3rd Street on a wall that is sandwiched between Wurstkuche and the Apolis Common Gallery. View on Google Maps.Peace Goddess by Shepard FairyIf you look up to the left you can catch a glimpse of Shepard Fairey's "Peace Goddess" which is part of the LA Freewalls Projects. Turn to your right,
The Mona Lisa of the Arts District by graffiti artist Thomas Burns is located at Traction Avenue and Rose Street in DTLA. View on Google Maps.Photo LA TimesThough it may be impolite and completely un-pc to say this, the truth is she's a bit old having been gracing the side of this building since Burns was commissioned to do the mural on behalf of a production company filming a soft drink commercial
Over the New Year I had an opportunity to revisit the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District and for the next few days, I will be presenting a series of 360° panoramic images of some of the neighborhood's murals.The area initially was used to grow grapes and by 1849 was the largest producer of wine in California but by the turn of the century oranges and grapefruit became the staple produce. In fact,
Yesterday, artist Levi Ponce completed work on his latest mural featuring a portrait of Albert Einstein located behind the Magnolia Science Academy on Sherman Way in Reseda, California. This location is also noteworthy for the film "Boogie Nights" which was also filmed here.Ponce is a rising San Fernando Valley artist who is best known for his series of murals also known as the Mural Mile in Pacoima.The
Happy Halloween, e'erbody! Above is a 360° image of a graveyard taken at the Silver Terrace Cemetery located on a windswept hillside of Virginia City, Nevada. Virginia City, a former boomtown once famous for the Comstock Lode and the television show "Bonanza", is today probably more infamous as one of the most haunted towns in America. Practically every saloon, hotel and business along
The Sphere for iOS and AndroidGreat news today in my in-box from Jamison Ross, the content curator at Sphere, the premiere 360° panorama photography app for mobile devices.In the email, Ross announced: "We're celebrating the folks who contribute the most beautiful and engaging content on Sphere and we've chosen you to be one of the few photographers we're featuring."Woohoo! This is so amazingly
View on Google Maps: “Archways” by Mark Grieve & Ilana Spector by Tanja BarnesIt's always fun to catch up with dear friends so when artist Mark Grieve and his crew came down from the Bay Area to install his latest public art piece "Archways" for the City of Santa Clarita, I jumped at the chance to catch up and take this photo sphere.Mark (featured above) had just completed the project and
Views: Universal Studios Hollywood by Tanja BarnesEarlier this summer, Google Maps launched a product called "Views" -- a global photographer community featuring some of the best panoramic photos worldwide. Google calls these images "photo spheres", their new and catchy phrase for panoramic photos. This new product really seems to support the Google brand as most of the images I've seen were taken
Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials including "Escape From New York", "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" and most recently "Gattaca", "Bones" and "Iron Man II". Last year the Deadmau5 music video "Professional Griefers" was lensed here.Today the dam is part of the Sepulveda Basin
Within the Manzanar National Historic Site is the Manzanar Cemetery. 71 years ago today Manzanar was the first of ten "relocation centers" built by the War Relocation Authority as ordered by Franklin D. Roosevelt following the attacks at Pearl Harbor. The order resulted in the forced relocation of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were native-born American citizens. They were
Four miles west of Lone Pine, California, nestled in the Alabama Hills along the portal road to Mount Whitney, sits Nightmare Rock. The Alabama Hills are a popular filming location for television and movie productions, especially Westerns set in an archetypical “rugged” environment. Since the early 1920s, scores of movies and television shows have been filmed here, including Tom Mix films, Hopalong
Over a hundred and forty years ago, the Great Lone Pine earthquake struck on March 26, 1872. Historical evidence detailing the damage it caused in settlements and landforms near the epicenter, and the geographic extent to which noticeable movement was felt, leads researchers to estimate a Richter magnitude of 7.6 to 8 or greater — similar in size to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Most buildings
This blog post marks a return to the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California. The collection features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997. To view a panorama from my previous visit to the Nethercutt and the interior of a 1937 Pierce
On a recent trip to the Bay Area, I went to see the spectacular Gaultier exhibit at the De Young in Golden Gate Park. Nearby, next to Spreckels Lake, is the Buffalo Paddock which is home to a herd of bison that live in an enclosed field.Since you can't really get close to the bison, this panoramic image is unremarkable as they appear teeny tiny in the distance due to the wide field of view of my Sigma
Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, first opened its doors in the fall of 2011.Due to the complex shadows this building casts, it is quite tricky to capture a pano of the interior and it became necessary to make a two separate visits. The first time was when I arrived for my midwest vacation last month, the second
Appending yesterday's blog post is this panoramic image of the Bartlesville Community Center, a performing arts facility, located down the street from the Price Tower.The Center was designed by William Wesley Peters, chief architect of Taliesin Associated Architects and son-in-law of Frank Lloyd Wright.Just left of the American flag and west of the venue is a view of the Price Tower.
Frank Lloyd Wright's signature tileThe Price Tower was originally intended to be built in Manhattan sometime in the 1920s but when the Great Depression struck, the project was shelved only to be adapted for the Oklahoma prairie in the 1950s. It is the only extant skyscraper by Frank Lloyd Wright.The building's nickname "the tree that escaped the crowded forest" not only refers to the notion that
For 12 years Scotty's Classic Cars Museum in Arma, Kansas, educated and entertained visitors about the automobile history and its impact on society through the maintenance of exhibitions, publications, collections, records and a library. Sadly the museum was shuttered in 2011 having sold most of the contents to the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History in Rosanky, Texas.As of April 2012, eight
While I was unable to actually explore the interior of the Colonial Fox Theatre during my recent visit, I was able to snap this pano of the parking lot where during the summer months the Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation presents “Friday Flix” a special series of outdoor screenings. It is a free event but donations are always appreciated and help with the organization's efforts to restore the
Rose O'Neill and Kewpie dollsThe Ozarks were my destination while traveling along Route 66 in these past few blog posts. Specifically what I wanted to see was Bonniebrook, the home of Rose O’Neill (1874-1944) an American illustrator, author, artist, poet, sculptor, inventor, suffragette, and creator of the world famous Kewpies.Due to some heavy road construction en route to Bonniebrook, I arrived
I was still cruising along Route 66 the day I shot this pano on my way to check out the Hornet Spooklight when I came upon the Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri. Weighing in at about a 100-tons, these hands were cast in concrete by Jack Dawson, who at the time was a 20 year old college student, back in 1972. Due to the lighting conditions, I attempted to pull out the shadows by exposure bracketing
D.L Morris Garage & Station is located at corner of Co Rd 1142. It was built on the site of the old Heatonville Post Office (1872-1881). My dad told me that when he moved out to California back in his early twenties that he picked up on Route 66 passing through Chicago. I'd like to imagine that perhaps he fueled up at many a place like this one way back when.
At sunset on Memorial Day, a rainstorm began to take shape when I took this pano of the Pittsburg State University Veteran's Memorial. The setting sun caused these crazy dramatic rays to cut through the clouds and across the sky. The sound of the wind blowing through the display of the 50 state flags that are featured on the north berm of the memorial made the entire experience breathtaking.Designed
It's nearly sunset on Lollipop Row, a section of Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard art in Nowata, Oklahoma. Chris, a widower, welcomed us warmly and gave us a tour of all his creations including the Bowling Ball Fence, the Bowling Ball American Flag, the Bowling Ball Rosary, the Bowling Ball Pink Ribbon (commemorated to his wife who passed from breast cancer in 2006), the Bowling Ball Cross, the Bowling
The Dalton Gang dead in Coffeyville KsIt was in Coffeyville, Kansas where the Dalton Gang was gunned down by the well-armed citizens of the town and shot 'em dead on October 5, 1892, after the outlaws were attempting to rob not one but two local banks. The town has since erected a self-guided walking tour that culminates with "Death Alley", the exact spot in which the showdown occurred.The tour
On the roadside near East 300 Road and South 4130 Road just off of Highway 169 [map it] in Rogers County, Oklahoma, lays what appears to be an old NASA space capsule.The Facebook page of the Winganon Space Capsule elucidates: “The mixer wrecked when the Winganon bridge was being built in 1959. The cement hardened and the truck was hauled away while the mixer was abandoned due to weight. It has become
A year ago a deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 people and damaging or destroying about 7,500 homes and 500 other buildings. Despite it all, the city is well into a significant recovery mode but there is still work to be done. Along the tornado's path at the intersection of East 20th Street and the Kansas City Southern Railway tracks, where Dillon’s
Elmer and Linda Long, Oro Grande, CaliforniaBottle Tree Ranch is a quirky, on-going outsider art installation/domicile located on National Trails Highway (formerly and more famously known as Route 66) in a town called Oro Grande just outside of Victorville. Similar to Hulaville, a defunct roadside attraction that at one time could also be found on Route 66, Bottle Tree Ranch is a collection of junkyard
26 March 2012 | 360° panorama
Above: The Spa Ojai Village is a 31,000 sq ft compound within the Ojai Valley Inn. It features two pools, a fully equipped workout room,the Mind & Body Studio, Spa Boutique and Artist’s Cottage & Apothecary.This past weekend I enjoyed a marvelous getaway at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. At about a half hour before dusk I set out to capture photos of the famous “pink moment” a phenomenon
A year ago I posted my first 360 panoramic image to my blog featuring the interior to the Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation which is very similar to the image posted above. Some improvements between the one from this year and last year:Portal of the Folded Wings (exterior)"Little Planet" projectionUse of a nadir shot (to hide the tripod) using a fantastic tutorial by Florian Knorn.Use
A year ago I blogged about my New Year's goal to develop my chops in 360° photography. To that end, throughout the 2011 I explored and photographed spaces that artist's work in and/or find inspirational.This brought me to Salvation Mountain on Easter Sunday where not only did I meet the artist Leonard Knight (see original post) but also had a star sighting: Sean Penn and his gal pal Scarlett Johanssen.
This past Easter I went to visit Leonard Knight, 80, the creator of "Salvation Mountain" an on-going art installation near Slab City in the Salton Sea, California. Just last week, Knight was hospitalized. According to reports, he was suffering from cognitive issues. He was placed in observation for 72 hours and then subsequently released to a long-term care facility with a diagnosis of dementia.Salvation
Click to embiggenLast Saturday night's concert of the Monkees at the Greek was awesome, especially after coming off the excitement of being on the 405 freeway when it was closed off. As promised, here are some more panorama photos taken at the epicenter of Carmageddon.On the morning of July 16th, I decided to risk being stuck in what was being predicted to be LA's worst gridlock nightmare. My plan
16 July 2011 | 360° panorama
This image is my first in a series of the epic Carmageddon weekend in Los Angeles. More to follow but for right now I'm off to see the Monkees (hey hey!) perform at the Greek. Please excuse the stitching errors but this pano is a rush to publish. If you're from Los Angeles I'd love to hear how your weekend is going.If you're viewing this image from the RSS feed, be sure to click through to the site
1937 Pierce Arrow Trailer Interior at The Nethercutt Museum in SylmarIn memory of my father and grandfather, for Father's Day this weekend I visited the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California, to have a look at some of the world’s greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles on display.Growing up dear old dad drove a black convertible 1955 Cadillac El Dorado which
View Walking Tour of Thai Town Graffiti Street Art Murals in a larger mapI'm taking off for the Memorial Day weekend, leaving behind my house-sitting stint and the world's sweetest kitty so I've put together a map of a walking tour (see above) of the street art murals in the Thai Town area that I've been blogging about these past few days.Some of the works from graffiti artists you'll see on this tour:
"Kannon / Kuan Yin" can be found at the intersection of Hollywood and Western across the street from the Metro stationSuccess happens overnight for some people but for graffiti artist turned gallery artist, RETNA's breakout success is a long time in the making. Last week, RETNA unveiled a unique work of art on the tail of one of VistaJet's Global Express XRS aircraft during EBACE 2011 in Geneva. This
I'm house-sitting in Thai Town, an area on Hollywood Boulevard roughly between Wilton and Normandie just off the 101 freeway. In addition to featuring some of the best Thai restaurants in Hollywood, the hood also plays host to a dream team lineup of some of the city's finest street artists including the LA Mural Front, Miles "Mac" MacGregor, RETNA and most recently the street team
Entrance to Salvation MountainLeonard Knight, 79, has been building "Salvation Mountain" an on-going art installation near Slab City in the Salton Sea, California, for the past 27 years. Its soul purpose is to convey the simple message "God is love."Because of Knight's dedication, it seemed fitting to see Salvation Mountain on Easter. So last Sunday along with my sister we set out for a visit
11 February 2011 | 360° panorama
View on Google Maps : Queen Califia's Magical Circle - Escondido, California by Tanja BarnesThis is my latest 360° panoramic image from Queen Califia's Magical Circle, a mosaic sculpture garden by Niki de Saint Phalle located in Escondido, CA. The garden consists of nine large scale installations including a circular "snake" wall with a labyrinthine entrance into the confines of the circle.
16 January 2011 | 360° panorama
Above is my most recent 360° interactive panorama image featuring the creative work space of artist Treiops Treyfid, a long time friend with whom I've had the pleasure of working with on a few group installations in the past. Most recently Treiops has been developing new media performance art projects with the creation of "Meta Meta Meta Man" a character that is the subject of this photo. In the
QuickTime required for viewing. Click and drag image to view. Use Shift or CTRL to +/- zoom.2010 has been a fantastic year for me both personally and professionally. I have been lucky enough to meet wonderful people, work with some amazing artists and learn from a variety of talented experts -- all of which I feel has given me a great stepping stone for 2011.