Monday, May 16, 2011

Adventures in LA, day 13, 5/3 - Santa Monica

This is my last full day in LA, and I learned a lot in the two weeks of traveling and shooting.  First off, trying to schedule more than two shoots a day is pointless especially in a big city that you don't know your way around and with people that I haven't seen in a long time.  It's hard to figure out the right amount of time for visiting, getting lost, traffic, etc.  I left to photograph Philippe & Saul on the Santa Monica line, (11 miles from Hollywood according to the GPS) and it took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to get there.  I budgeted 1:30 because I hate being late....Thankfully they had coffee ready, and Saul cooked a giant breakfast, in preparation for being the "Puerto Rican Martha Stuart".  I haven't seen Philippe since he graduated Hampshire in 1993 and he is getting his PhD in Mythological Studies (I think).

Then "down the road" to photograph Jona Frank  who is my first FB friend that I photographed that I hadn't met in real life.    Dan Mills, the new director at the Bates College Museum suggested we become friends after I started this project, and I must admit I was a little weary to add anyone new, especially someone I didn't know.  However, I checked out her website and fell in love with her work, so added her, and a week later asked if I could photograph her.  She graciously agreed, and we hit it off immediately!  She lives in a beautiful house so it was hard choosing where to photograph her, I decided on the table where she fed me lunch (and we talked and talked and talked) since it seemed to be the place of connection.  It's also nice to have more lady photographer friends, especially those that still shoot film.

And then back to Hollywood where a fella at the car wash got out the stripe of red paint from my accident at the gas station.   Unfortunately, I took out the car wash sign on my way out ....

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