Jan 25, 2013  |  Journal

January. The inescapable doorway into the new year. Passing through, I find myself at a crossroad, ergo a cross-street. By way of 5th and Spring, Los Angeles’ Old Bank District is an ode to vintage romanticism. Similar to that of Union Station I passed through during Holiday, the architecture takes approach from the same era. A bit more reminiscent of New York City I would imagine, having only seen the landscape through images.

Other than the street-side hustle and art-deco of surrounding structures to keep entertained, I spent a bit of time rolling through oldies music, manually locating each track through the whirring and buzzing of FM frequencies. With the nearby tower helping project the signal through the speaker of my vintage dual band portable radio, today was for the art of DE. (See film by A. Sauvage.) Inspired by strict tailoring, monochrome format, and patent leather.

Moving along, the sense of nostalgia grew with each step through the district. From Hotel Barclay, to Regent Theater. Rowan to ruin. All rundown. Each of these relics laying in wait for either demolition or restoration. One can only hope for the latter with the area succumbing to suburbinization. Preservation is necessary, but hey change is always good, right? Take five and dig on this…

                                                       













7 comments

  1. Rodolfo Ramirez
    January 25, 2013

    Love the concept and Imagery. I always look forward to the next post.

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    • Unyime
      February 5, 2013

      Glad you can dig it

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  2. Tom
    January 25, 2013

    Traversing a timeless area of America creates a recipe for the basics we strive for, when describing a lifestyle. It seems, also, the inescapable grasp of L.A. brings a remedy to any soul-searching. A fantastic interlude, and an agreeable notion, UJ; I see the introduction to something grand. Good show indeed, gents.

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    • Unyime
      February 5, 2013

      Appreciate it Tom

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  3. Mateusz
    January 26, 2013

    Great. Welcome back!

    Greetings from Poland

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  4. SQUIRRELWOMAN
    January 29, 2013

    wow! These pictures are so perfect! especially the one with the radio:)

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  5. Ingrid
    February 1, 2013

    Your pictures are amazing, and your site so inspiring! THANK YOU for sharing!

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