Personal History: East Hollywood & Echo Park Story by Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin

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Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin is an artist and photographer living and working in the city of Los Angeles. One of his series of photo essays is called the L.A.ndscape sessions, which strive to record the remnants of neighborhoods in the process of gentrification before they are completely transformed from what he and other long-time residents know and remember. The images were made with a Contax T2 using 35mm Film

East Hollywood and Echo Park are two of the areas I spent the most time roaming as a kid. Both are also on the frontline of the current wave of gentrification sweeping Los Angeles. From the new businesses to architecture and demographics, the changes are apparent to anyone who has lived in the city for any substantial amount of time. For those of us that actually grew up here though, the recent transformation is downright surreal.
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Hollywood Hills After the Storm

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Photo by Tom Andrews.

The Street Art of Laurel Canyon ~ A Visual Tour by Tom Andrews

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Los Angeles has a few areas which are synonymous with street art and graffiti– Melrose and Fairfax, the Arts District, the Venice walls, etc. but part of what makes this city a true art lover’s paradise is that public art pops up just about everywhere you look. A unique area of the city which has a vibe all its own, both artistic and otherwise, is Laurel Canyon, and it’s also a surprisingly vibrant place for street art.

Famed as a 70’s singer-songwriter paradise, the area’s home prices have risen to astronomical levels, but there are still artists, hippies, and weirdos hiding out in those canyons and hanging on to the dream. The best street art in this area is site specific and captures the feeling of being in a place that is both urban and natural, a canyon made by millions of years of water but decorated by hundreds of years of humanity. The street art of Laurel Canyon is often subtle, sometimes self-referential, and tends towards the decorative. If there is one theme that seems to unite the work of artists working the streets of the canyon, it’s love.

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Checking in with our Friend, Griffith Park Mountain Lion P22

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Via the Griffith Park Trail Cam, this rare day shot of our homie P22. Shouts to LABIRDBOY for running the cam and publishing the photos online. Previously.

Harsh ~ DTLA

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SeaPort Marina Hotel ~ Long Beach

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SeaPort Marina Hotel ~ Long Beach

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Cantrell’s Feed Bin ~ Rowland Heights

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Cantrell’s Feed Bin ~ 19148 Walnut ~ Rowland Heights

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Los Angeles at Night ~ Photographs by Jon Wilson

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Jon Wilson is a Los Angeles based photographer. You can find examples of his work on his Flickr page. Click each image to expand…

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AUTHOR & PUNISHER TONIGHT ~ DTLA

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Aural devastation TONIGHT! AUTHOR & PUNISHER in Los Angeles with BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH, FETUS EATERS, ACTUARY, AGOWILT, INTERNAL & TORN BY TEETH. Doors at 730pm $5 21+ The 5 Star Bar, 267 S. Main St. DTLA

TONIGHT! DECEASED @ THE JOINT ~ LOS ANGELES

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Thee only LA apppearance of DECEASED!  With Gravehill / Skeletal Remains / Ghoulgotha / Deception!  Brought to you by Church of the 8th Day and Thee Static Age.  8pm doors / 18+ / $10 via 8thDayTix.com and $13 cash at the door.  8771 W. Pico Blvd.

Shipwreck Mural ~ Westwood

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Shipwreck ~ Westwood Presbyterian Church Preschool ~ Westwood

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