Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Black and White

Santa Fe Railroad Hospital • Boyle Heights, Los Angeles •  20" x 24" 
The Grove- Los Angeles  ©2013 Jim McHugh

Ramparts #1  - Los Angeles  2 panels  •  54"x 42   •  © 2013 Jim McHugh

3 recent pictures from Los Angeles

Photographing urban landscape is more portraiture than architecture. 

The original Santa Fe Railroad Hospital, a wooden structure originally built in the 1900s, burned to the ground in a terrible fire. Replaced by this poured concrete Deco Modern construction in the 1920s, the building overlooks Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights.  Abandoned for over 20 years, in a changing Los Angeles, it will soon be rehab-ed for residential living. 

The Grove, a much newer construction, holds all the spirit of Golden Era Hollywood. It's owner, Rick Caruso, well aware of the city's architectural legacy  sought to bring that spirit to his groundbreaking development at Fairfax and 3rd. Using black and white Polaroid, this image sets the theater in the company of its earlier Hollywood movie palace relatives like the Orpheum and Chinese theaters. 

The La Bertha is a typical pre-war Los Angeles apartment building, the surrounding palm trees planted in the 1920s. The mood is steeped in Raymond Chandler and Robert Mitchum. The neighborhood, part of the tough LAPD Ramparts Division now rapidly morphs into gentrification. Many buildings like La Bertha are disappearing in favor of luxury condominiums. Affluent K-Town. 

I rarely go out that I don't find something. There is always a new discovery offered up. 

These images are made with a 4x5 Speed Graphic camera.