Week of May 1, 2016.
Here’s a digest of images I’ve posted in the last week.
From the Archives of the Los Angeles Times:
Sleeping atop a bike: Ken Hively’s 1983 image of a sleeping homeless woman magically suspended mid-air. Framework.
Corvette spin out: A 1958 four-photo sequence by Art Rogers of a non-injury race track accident. Framework.
Dr. George: Larry Bessel 1978 portrait of KABC-TV meteorologist Dr. George Fischbeck. Framework.
1985 speedboat accident at Irvine Lake: Thomas Kelsey’s page one image after 9-year-old girl killed at Drag Boat race. Framework.
Los Angeles from atop the Occidental Life Building: 1965 images by Larry Sharkey of downtown Los Angeles originally posted in 2014. Framework.
Watts Towers: New images taken during an April 24th visit to The Watts Towers. The structures were built by Simon Rodia between 1921 and 1954. flickr album.
The best was saved for last. Before leaving the Los Angeles Times in December, I left two dozen blog posts in draft mode. The last one is a 20 photo gallery of a 1981 Rolling Stones concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Nose-bleed seats 100 yards away sold for a hefty 15 dollars. Yes fifteen dollars. But some 180,000 fans attended two concerts in October, 1981.
After this post went live, I couldn't get the Stones 1965 song "The Last Time" out of my head.
Feb. 4, 1981: Director Francis Coppola, head of the financially troubled Zoetrope Studios, conducts a news conference on a set re-creating downtown Las Vegas.
One of my last From the Archives posts went live this morning. Coppola conducted a press conference on the set of "One From the Heart." The movie, set in Las Vegas, bombed. Zoetrope Studios was sold.
Link to Framework post: Las Vegas set at Zoetrope Studios.
In 1991, Columbia Pictures spent $400,000 to build a fake airline crash atop a Piru bridge for the movie "Hero." This photo by Los Angeles Times photographer Lawrence K. Ho became my From the Archives blog post for today.
A couple weeks later I took my own version, below, and sold it to Associated Press.
Same scene, but Ho used a wide angle lens. I used a telephoto.
Personally I like Ho's version better.
Today I re-posted a From the Archives photo gallery on Pacific Coast Highway landslides. When the rains arrive along PCH, so do the dirt and rocks.
On Jan. 15, 2016, the Los Angeles Times published a great Infographic: Mudslides create treacherous trek on PCH. Some of the links on the map lead back to this photo gallery.
A related story by reporter Rosanna Xia is online: Can Pacific Coast Highway withstand El Niño?
My bet is no.
My thoughts on images past and present.